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Results from the latest polls indicate that womenâ€™s votes are still up for grabs the race for Londonâ€™s mayor. Fifty four per cent of women surveyed in a recent Ipsos MORI poll are certain to vote in the London Mayoral and London Assembly elections on May 1st.
However, only 61% of these women have decided their first choice for Mayor. Over a third of women said they are likely to change their mind on who they will vote for, indicating there is a mass of womenâ€™s votes yet to be secured by any candidate ahead of the elections.
Are candidates responding to womenâ€™s key issues?
Fawcett today releases its interviews with the key mayoral candidates on their campaign priorities to find out how they plan to respond to womenâ€™s concerns. Candidates were asked how they will address womenâ€™s rights and promote equality between men and women and specifically how they would make a difference to ethnic minority women.
The response from Ken Livingstone, Labour Party promises work on economic equality and fair pay for women, including a new Womenâ€™s Equality at Work Index that will rate Londonâ€™s businesses. He also reaffirmed his commitment to creating a safe city for Londonâ€™s women, making transport more accessible, extending affordable childcare across London and to lobbying government for equal pay audits and tougher measures on discrimination.
Liberal Democrat Party candidate Brian Paddick stated his commitment to promoting the position of ethnic minority women by setting up an office to promote womenâ€™s participation in politics. He also promises to consult fully with women to ensure he is addressing their concerns; this includes lobbying the London Development Agency to work with grassroots womenâ€™s organisations and ensuring that womenâ€™s voluntary groups are fully resourced and supported.
Sian Berry, Green Party candidate reaffirmed an earlier pledge to actively tackle the pay gap by ensuring that the GLA and all private companies that are employed by the public sector carry out gender pay audits. She also confirmed a commitment to address the poverty facing many women by ensuring lower paid workers are paid the London living wage.
Conservative Party candidate, Boris Johnson, has yet to respond to the invitation to participate.
Political exclusion of ethnic minority women
Today the Fawcett Society launches a new campaign, femocracy, to tackle the political disengagement of ethnic minority women. Ninety years on since women in the UK first won the vote, ethnic minority women remain one of the most excluded groups from formal political and decision making processes.
Fawcettâ€™s new campaign will work with over 1500 ethnic minority women through a series of nation-wide events aimed at building womenâ€™s confidence to participate in politics and encouraging them to vote.
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