"I will pay £10 a month to the Campaign for Gender Balance development fund but only if 10 other people will do the same."
— Joan Walmsley, Member of the House of Lords
Deadline to sign up by: 25th May 2007
6 people signed up, 4 more were needed
Country: United Kingdom
Getting more Liberal Democrat women into Parliament is one of our most important priorities. The Campaign for Gender Balance (formally known as the Gender Balance Task Force) has made great strides in encouraging, supporting and mentoring more women to get themselves approved as Parliamentary Candidates and getting selected in winnable Parliamentary seats. It has set up, and is seeking to expand, a network of volunteers to help and support women through all stages of the approval and selection process. From filling in the form to become an Approved Candidate, to planning where and when to go for selection, to designing campaign literature once they have been short-listed, they put women in touch with someone who will lend them their experience and support.
Over the next few months, the Campaign for Gender Balance is keen to get on a firmer financial footing so that it can reach out to more women than ever before. Over the next few months, it is attempting to raise at least £5,000 in standing order income.
The money raised in this way will be spent on running training events and on providing mentoring and support for women as they seek approved candidate status and throughout the process to get selected for a seat.
For more information about the Campaign for Gender Balance, see our website (http://genderbalance.org.uk/).