Job role: women’s officer
The Women’s Officer is the key representative of women members on the LIEC, and works to ensure that women are fully involved in the work of LI as well as taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the LI reaches out and engages with women voters.
This role is varied, exciting and can make a real difference to LI – not just to women members but in terms of how the whole CLP operates. You can choose how to focus your role and what to make your priority depending on what sort of activities that members want to see.
There are two key aims:
- Making sure that the voices of Labour women are heard within LI
- Building a party for women – this means working to make sure that women in LI are supported, involved and engaged
- Campaigning with women – playing a leading role in making sure that LI campaigns win women’s votes
- Promote the involvement of women members LI activities and that meetings are relevant and accessible to women.
- Listen to women’s views and ensuring that they are reflected in Labour’s policy making, including the Labour Party democracy review.
- Run events for women members, including training, policy development and social events.
- Work to recruit more women into the Labour party and helping to make sure that women members make the jump from member to activist.
- Contribute and develop the LI Women in Labour Facebook page
- Attend the LP national womens conference as part of the LI delegation to LP national conference
- Reach out to women in the wider community through local campaigns, and working with women’s organisations to engage women voters and highlight issues.
- Bring women together to empower each other and gain the knowledge and skills they need get involved.
- Work to ensure that women members of LI are not subjected to harassment within LI and the LP as a whole, including at branch and group meetings and online.
You may want to consider the following activities:
- Make sure that all LI women knows how to contact you and welcome new women members to LI.
- Set up a women’s forum in LI to support you in your work. Consider running a survey for women members on their interests, training needs and the support they would need to get active.
- Work with the LIEC education, training and information officer to encourage women members to become more involved in LI and in community activity.
- Encourage women in LI to attend Annual Women’s Conference and Labour Party
- national conference.
- Work with LIEC to ensure that LI meetings are accessible, interesting and relevant to women.
- Work with LIEC to ensure that women’s concerns are included in policy debates.
- Actively encourage women to contribute to discussions, and stand for election to LIEC.
- Encourage women to support campaign that affects women in the local area
Lines of Communication
You will be a voting member of the Labour International Co-ordinating Committee (LIEC) and would be required to attend LIEC and All Members meetings.
Approximately 5 hours a month but this may increase duting General Election or other campaigns.
As Women’s Officer, you need to be:
- Friendly and approachable
- Willing to work as part of a team
- Able to run campaigns/events
- Committed to work hard to ensure that women members have a real voice within L
You will be at the forefront of increasing the involvement of women in LI and the Labour Party as a whole. So how you choose to develop it will be up to you in negotiation with LIEC and women members.
This role is open to job share.