Are quotas just another form of discrimination? Can cultural differences be reconciled with feminist principles? Is it censorship to take action against violent pornography sites?
In the course of the One Nation Feminism project we will seek to define the key principles that should guide a future Labour government as it incorporates One Nation Feminism into all areas of policy-making, not just issues specifically related to gender equality.
The project will explore a wide range of feminist issues that divide opinion on the left. Some examples, which will adjust and evolve according to members’ interests and priorities, are below:
1. Media and culture
Does our culture of porn, sexualised music videos and advertising breed violence and unhealthy self-image affecting girls and women? If so, does the state have a role to play in regulating this environment, or would that amount to censorship and even ‘slut-shaming’?
Contemporary Britain is home to many cultures, some of them critical of feminist principles. How should we approach those in our society who do not respect women's rights? How should we approach women’s rights in the developing world? How can we incorporate the voices of women from all backgrounds in debates on feminism, not just those who occupy the positions of most power?
3. Women’s participation in business, politics and public life
How can we ensure equal pay for women in all sectors and at all levels? Why is it still so hard for women to gain respect and influence? What does it take to produce a female political leader? Do quotas violate the principles of meritocracy and fairness? Could One Nation Labour make a case for quotas in Parliament and the boardroom?
We want this to be a dynamic and interactive project, involving speakers, panel debates, research activities, focus groups, local events, networking and written responses. There will be opportunities for members to develop their skills by taking ownership of a variety of areas of the project.
We hope to hear from members of all ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, religions, genders and sexualities.
Chair: Heather Vernon
Vice Chairs: Rhea Wolfson and Paulina Jakubec