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
• You will be on the CLP’s executive committee, and play a key role in decision
making and strategy within your CLP.
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
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
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
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
• 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.
• 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-
• Contact the Legal and Governance Unit by emailing
email@example.com . You can also visit
• 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
• 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--
• Keep up to date with our latest campaigns by visiting
• You can purchase and download a host of membership recruitment materials
from Labour’s Campaign Shop at shop.labour.org.uk .