CALLS to ‘Build Back Equal’ have been made by a candidate for Bedwardine in both the city and county council polls.
Leisa Taylor will be contesting the Bedwardine seat at the Guildhall and County Hall for the Women’s Equality Party on May 6.
Ms Taylor, who is a youth worker and community organiser, has lived in Worcester for almost 30 years when she moved to Worcester from West Yorkshire to undertake a degree course at the University of Worcester.
It will be the third time residents in Bedwardine have had the opportunity to vote for the Women’s Equality Party.
“The Women’s Equality Party is ensuring we not only build back better from the coronavirus crisis, but that we Build Back Equal. That means putting those who have been most impacted by the pandemic at the centre of recovery plans,” she said.
“The Covid crisis has laid bare and exacerbated the inequalities which divide us. The poorest and most vulnerable, who are so often women, are being hit the hardest. If we are to Build Back Equal, then we need radical change.
“Only 24 per cent of county councillors and 37 per cent of city councillors are women and it shows – issues that disproportionately affect women – lack of affordable childcare, unpaid care work, low paid social care work, and the pandemic of domestic abuse and sexual violence – are not prioritised and spending is often viewed and decided through a white, able-bodied male lens.
“I’m also adding my voice to the growing demand for an environmentally aware council that demands radical change to infrastructure and transport in the county – putting green spaces, active travel routes and cheap and accessible public transport high on the agenda.
“It’s time for a change – I urge the good people of Bedwardine to give one of their votes to building back equal this May,” she added.