Smashing the glass ceiling of politics
Welcome to Arrive
Fast Forward 15, an award-winning mentorship programme, and She Stands, a posture, wellbeing, and confidence movement, have come together to create a free, cross-party mentorship programme for young women in politics: Arrive in Politics.
Arrive in Politics is a non-partisan, not-for-profit collaboration committed to closing the political gender gap. As the first-of-its-kind and unlike other mentorship structures, this is a governed programme with wellbeing and collaboration at the heart.
Our mission is to build a cross-party network of women who want to work together to solve the biggest issues facing our country and support each other in the pursuit of a more equitable future.
What we know
of MPs in the House of Commons are women
of MPs in the House of Commons are ethnic
of local authority councillors in England are women
of the current cabinet ministers are women
Female MPs received 25,688 abusive tweets during the 2017 election; 45% of those were aimed at Diane Abbott, the first black female MP
In the 92 years since the first female minister was appointment to the cabinet there have only been 48 female cabinet ministers
Global Rankings of Women
in Parliamentary Chambers
Beyond the numbers
We’ve been talking to women in politics, this is what they say:
Lack of long-term mentorship
Some mentorship pipelines exist within the parties, but women need more consistent, long-term support beyond the campaign trail and throughout their careers.
Lack of accessibility
Women are encouraged to stand, but once they are in office, the political infrastructure is not designed to support working women and mothers. As we challenge institutional inequalities, women need training in how to use the procedures and formal mechanisms already in place to support themselves.
Lack of cross-party support
Party alignment can be very polarising, and people are scared to get into politics because it is perceived to be confrontational, not collaborative. Connections across the aisle need to be nurtured
Lack of training to manage wellbeing and digital self care
Coming into the spotlight can be isolating and stressful, especially with the added burden of being one of few women in your field. Women need better tools to maintain their wellbeing and strategies to cope with online antagonism.
Women aren't being supported to the level they need to be.
It's time for change.
It's time to Arrive.
Who it's for
The women who participate as mentees will come from all parties, backgrounds, ethnicities and locations throughout the UK. We are passionate about removing financial barriers to politics so not only is this programme free, we aim to cover the cost of transportation and childcare (where needed) for any in-person programming.
What you gain
During the 12-month programme, mentees and mentors work together to achieve break through goals and objectives. By prioritising wellbeing and networking for women entering politics, we hope to change the nature of political collaboration. Mentees will leave with relationships to sustain future connections and tools to claim their collective space.
What to expect (final dates TBC)
Mentee applications open
Interview & selection process
April - October 2022
Mentoring starts (10 sessions)
2 Education & training days
3 Group / networking calls
Festival of The Girl initiative
Mentor briefing session
Mentee group project event
(fundraising, campaigning, debates etc.)
Inspiring the next generation
Arrive in Politics have partnered with Festival of The Girl to show young girls that women can take the lead and, most importantly, that there is space for them in politics.
By connecting primary schools from all over the UK with the inspirational mentees from our programme, we are committed to bringing together future leaders of all ages.
We prioritise mental health in a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding field.
Inspiration & Role Models
We inspire and elevate future leaders of all ages.
We centre and elevate the voices and visions of all women.
We achieve success through mutual support.
We aren’t afraid to ask tough questions and take on big goals.
We never stop learning.
We commit to making the political field accessible to everyone.
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