Statement to voters
I am standing as a candidate in Charlton for the Women's Equality Party, because there is finally a political party that has made me realise that within my day to day life I am facing inequalities that could be eradicated if there was the political will to do so.
If you’ve not heard of us, WE are a national party that has been around for 3 years, WE were created to be a new collaborative political force in UK politics uniting people of all genders, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities so that everyone can flourish.
WE have 7 core policy areas to bring about gender equality, including equal parenting, equal treatment by the media, equal pay and ending violence against women & girls. Beyond these areas, if elected, I would be an independent voice on the council to speak up for the residents.
This is the first opportunity we've had to stand in Greenwich and I'm really proud to step up and be the change I want to see.
Our key talking points on the doorstep during the local election have been:
* The councils current target of 35% affordable, needs to be more ambitious (over 10k people on housing list and we build 640 affordable homes 2015/16).
* We need to recognise that there is a gender pay gap when we are defining affordability, and be aware that this gap is larger when intersected with ethnicity.
* We need a housing policy that recognises the hidden homeless - usually women who are living in temporary accommodation or sofa surfing.
* We need to provide a secure and consistent pathway for women fleeing domestic abuse.
* New housing also needs the social infrastructure planned alongside; schools, doctors and transport networks must accommodate all residents.
Caring & Community
* We need to value carers, whose vital and economically undervalued work is the lifeblood of our community.
* We need to be protecting vital services for families, child poverty is at 36% in Greenwich & Woolwich and women have been disproportionally affected by austerity cuts.
* I would champion preventative approaches to mental healthcare and loneliness maximising use of communal spaces that are safe and available for everyone, (such as Charlton House).
I am passionate about representation, and I am a campaigner for proportional representation in Westminster. This year is 100 years since some women were first able to vote - I don't want to wait another 100 for us to have a political system that truly reflects the population.
The fight for equality will not be achieved if it is done bit by bit. Women's rights go hand in hand with eliminating discrimination and inequality based on race, sexuality or disability.
There is no such thing as partial equality, we need to dismantle the structural inequalities that exist, not patch on something that allows some people to be seen as equal.
So, I ask you to give just one of your votes to equality, WE think that's fair.
This statement was added by Pamela Elizabeth Ritchie, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Pamela Elizabeth Ritchie may be appearing.
(Past event) Saturday 28 April 2018 11:00: Local Election Hustings, Assembly Rooms, Charlton Village SE7 8UD.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2018: The Greenwich local election, as the Women's Equality Party candidate for the Charlton
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