Being CLP Women's Officer

CLP Women’s Officer  

The Women’s Officer is the key representative of women members on the executive  

of the CLP, and works to ensure that women are fully involved in the work of the local 

party, as well as, taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the 

constituency reaches out and engages with women voters. 

 

As Women’s Officer, you need to be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run 

events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that women members have 

a real voice within the local party.  

 

 

The key responsibilities of this role include:   

     •   Making sure that women members are included in all of the party’s activities 

         and that meetings are relevant and accessible to women. 

     •   Reaching out to women in the wider community through local campaigns, and 

         working with women’s organisations in the constituency to engage women 

         voters, highlight issues, and get a better deal for local women.

     •   Bringing women together to empower each other and gain the knowledge and 

         skills they need get involved. 

     •   Running events for women members, including training, policy development 

         and social events. 

     •   Working to recruit more women into the Labour party and helping to make 

         sure that women members make the jump from member to activist. 

     •   Listening to women’s views and ensuring that they are reflected in Labour’s 

         policy making. 

     •   You will be on the CLP’s executive committee, and play a key role in decision 

         making and strategy within your CLP. 

 

 

Activity  

This role is varied, exciting and can make a real difference to your local party - 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 local members want to see.  

 

There are many different strands to the work of a Women’s Officer, but 

fundamentally the role comes down to two key aims: 

 

     •   Building a party for women – this means working to make sure that women in 

         your local party are supported, involved and engaged.  

     •   Campaigning with women – playing a leading role in making sure that your local 

         party campaigns to win women’s votes.  

 

Part of your role will focus on making sure that the voices of Labour women are heard 

within your local party.  

 

You should ensure you get in touch with all women members introducing yourself as 

the Women’s Officer and providing your contact details, and welcome new women 

members when they join through a one to one chat, emails, telephone contact or 

social events.  You will be able to get this information from your CLP Secretary. 

 

Work with other CLP Officers to set up a women’s forum in the constituency, if one 

does not already exist. This then provides a team to support you in your work.  

Through this, you can then organise training to encourage women members to 

become more involved in the party and in community activity - for example as party 

officers, school governors or local councillors.  A good start would be to survey the 

interests and training needs of women members.  

 

The other part of your role involves looking outside of the party to women in your 

local community, and exploring what you can do to make sure Labour is effectively 

engaging with women voters.  Why not set up a campaign team to recruit local 

women who have expressed support for the party, to canvass amongst women, run 

street stalls and campaigns that affects women in the local area and identify key 

stakeholders in the community to get involved. 

 

You could think about making contact with local bra nches of women’s voluntary 

organisations, set up consultation meetings, exchange speakers and run joint 

campaigns.   Ensure that women from the local women’s sector are invited to 

contribute towards policy discussions and speak to trade union women in your CLP 

about encouraging women in the workplace to join and become active in the Labour 

Party.  

 

 

Meetings  

As CLP Women’s Officer, it is your role to ensure women members are able to get fully  

involved and that their views and concerns are reflected and listened to.  Local 

meetings are a fantastic opportunity to increase women’s participation in the CLP.  At 

each CLP meeting, you should: 

         •    Actively   encourage   women   members   to   get   involved   in   meetings   and 

              contribute to discussions. 

         •    Report back on your activity, campaigns and community work and highlight 

              any forthcoming events or campaigning. 

         •    Introduce yourself to any women members attending a meeting for the first 

              time. 

 

 

Contacting women members in your CLP 

 As part of your role, you will be in regular contact with women in your CLP, and should 

be aware when a new member joins so you can get in touch to introduce yourself and 

welcome them to the CLP.  Your CLP Secretary will be able to provide you with a list of 

women members, and you should ask them to let you know when a new woman joins 

your CLP. 

 

 

Useful Links and information 

     •    If you have any questions about the role of Women’s Officer please contact the 

          Labour Party’s National Women’s and Equalities Officer on 

          equalities@labour.org.uk. 

     •   The Labour Women’s Network is a membership organisation providing expert 

         training to Labour women considering seeking selection, as well as 

          campaigning for 50:50 representation at every level of the Labour Party. 

         (www.lwn.org.uk; contact@lwn.org.uk). 

     •    Remember, you can always refer an issue to your Regional or National Office – 

         you can find their details here> labour.org.uk/pages/scottish-welsh-and-

          regional-offices. 

     •    Contact the Legal and Governance Unit by emailing 

          legal_queries@labour.org.uk .  You can also visit 

          members.labour.org.uk/legal_and_compliance_downloads. 

     •    Our online training offer can be found at members.labour.org.uk/about-labour-

         training and you can subscribe to our regular training emails by visiting 

          http://www.labour.org.uk/w/training-emails. 

     •   You’ll find lots of useful guides and resources on member engagement, as well 

          as membership forms and the full MemberCentre guide in the Membership & 

          Supporters area on Membersnet here> members.labour.org.uk/members--

          supporters . 

     •    Keep up to date with our latest campaigns by visiting  

          members.labour.org.uk/campaign-resources. 

     •   You can purchase and download a host of membership recruitment materials 

         from Labour’s Campaign Shop at shop.labour.org.uk .  

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