International Women's Day - what you can do

When Jo was asked what kind of feminist she was she simply said 'a massive one'. 

Jo knew that women are stronger when we come together to share stories, hatch plans and forge alliances.

This International Women's Day here are a few things you can do to celebrate Jo's example. If you only do one thing - please share this page with 5 amazing women you know and ask each of them to do one thing from the list. 

  • Reach out to someone from a different background, perhaps of a different political belief, and #AskHerToStand for public office in the spirit of #MoreInCommon. The 50:50 Parliament Project have lots of ideas to help you and the amazing women you know to get started. They also offer guidance and training every step of the way.
  • If you’re a Conservative Party Member Women2Win have a host of events this year including candidate training sessions - sign up!
  • If you’re a Labour Party Member why not organise a women’s workshop?
  • The Parliament Project is running evening and weekend workshops in London, Manchester, York, Cambridge and Glasgow: or get one organised near you by writing to help@parliamentproject.com
  • Why not get more involved by joining one of the Fawcett Society’s local women’s rights groups?
  • Learn more about women in leadership by volunteering at the Campaign for Women in Democracy
  • 50Sign up for Stonewall’s leadership programme, Stonewall’s flagship programme for senior LGBT people to explore authentic and inclusive leadership
  • Become a top campaigner by applying to Campaign Bootcamp’s programme
  • Take a stand against online abuse and sign up to Reclaim the Internet
  • Connect with amazing women in your neighbourhood by becoming a member of the Women's Institute
  • Buy Jess Phillips MP's book Everywoman: One woman's truth about speaking the truth. Read it and give it to one woman you know who can be inspired by her example
  • Last year an event was held with the former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to celebrate Jo's example and provide advice and practical steps to inspire women to campaign, organise, represent and run for office. Here's the film of the event that you can watch and share with amazing women you know:

2017 so far

Loneliness

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From her earliest memories of walking the streets of Yorkshire with her granddad to her busy life as a mother and MP, Jo was often moved to tears and galvanised to action by the impact of loneliness and social isolation on people of all ages and all stages of life.

On the 31st January, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness that Jo had established was launched by Rachel Reeves MP and Seema Kennedy MP. This year-long campaign seeks to influence the public and policy response to the UK's loneliness crisis that affects more than 9 million people from all walks of life, age and backgrounds. It's calling for people to start conversations in their communities. To take small but crucial steps to create Jo's kinder world by reaching out to support someone with loneliness.

What you can do:

Please take a look at the website to pledge your support and find out how to get involved. You might also be interested to read Rachel Reeve's article in the Yorkshire Post or Jo’s sister's interview with Radio 4. 

Protecting people in conflict

On the 26th January, a group of Jo's friends and colleagues launched a report Jo was working on before her death: ‘The Cost of Doing Nothing: The price of inaction in the face of mass atrocities’. As Jo had envisaged, the report was a cross bench effort with politicians from all sides coming together to have a frank conversation on the role of the UK when countries fail to protect their citizens. The report was covered widely in the press with pieces in The Guardian and The Telegraph. It provides a much-needed opportunity to encourage a more engaged approach to foreign policy.