INTERVIEW-Women can defeat \'angry white men\' in right-wing politics, UK feminist leader says

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Update time : 2019-07-18 14:07:34

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, March 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - to war a rising ripple of populism that threatens to swamp women's rights, women of various backgrounds absence to acquire into politics, the outgoing chief of Britain's first feminist political dinner said.

Sophie Walker, who resigned from the Women's Equality dinner at January, said the ripple of right-wing populism nearly the people was "deeply sinister" and threatened indispensable women's rights.

"I've been to many places nearly the people and heard testimonies from political feminist leaders nearly the giant collision above women's rights that this populist motion is having. The threaten is too real," the foregoing Reuters journalist said.

Walker's opinion is shared by a global gang of women's leaders who released a peculiarity this week that said rising right-wing populism was eroding hard-won women's rights nearly the world, with abortion rights although a foremost target.

"Politics has failed when we run out of ideas and a pack of angry white men are able to repackage traditional ideas of patriarchy although the solution because our future," said Walker at a phone interview with the Thomson Reuters basis late Monday.


To counteract that, Walker said, the reply is simple: mobilize more women into politics, specially those from various and minority backgrounds.

And that is exactly what Walker said she plans to perform after leaving the WEP, almost four years after taking the helm of the newly-formed dinner at 2015.

"We get to compose more women from more various backgrounds to get leaders and activists. because women at minority backgrounds, it is indispensable that they visit space because themselves at the feminist movement," she said ahead of International Women's engagement above Friday.

While the 2017 UK elections led to a record 208 female members of parliament (MPs) - nearly a third of total MPs - impartial 4 percent were from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, according to women's rights gang Fawcett Society.

Britain sits at quantity 39 out of 193 countries at a club desk by the Inter-Parliamentary league (IPU) that tallies the quantity of women at parliament, far after Rwanda, Cuba and Bolivia, which get female majorities.

As her dinner prepares to call an interim leader, Walker said she plans to career with grassroots women activists to direct them into political careers consequently they also can direct from the front.

"Those are the women who are going to exist the next generation's politicians, and I expect to discover them and I expect to assist them at any feasible manner I can," she said.


It is no secret that being a female at politics is difficult, Walker said, and the quantity of abuse that female politicians receive is partly to blame.

Nearly 45 percent of total women parliamentarians had received threats of death, rape, beatings or abduction during their term, according to a 2016 learn by the IPU.

Many politicians at Britain get have more vocal nearly the abuse they appearance after opposition Labour politician Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two children, was shot and stabbed to death a week ago Britain's 2016 vote to forsake the European Union.

"I consider it is cottage extremely difficult because women at politics. Women are cottage more subjected to abuse than their masculine counterparts. The vitriol takes my breath away," Walker said.

But that is precisely why more women absence to exist at politics, she added.

"There's a hugely desire manner to go, besides I used to say that to any female who is considering moving into politics: there is a sisterhood waiting to assist you," Walker said. (Reporting by Lin Taylor @linnytayls, Editing by Jason Fields; entertain confidence the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking and slavery, feature rights, social innovation, resilience and climate change. yell on to visit more stories)