Reading Women's Forum
Reading Women's Forum is an informal and friendly group for all women who are members of Reading Labour party.
We base our activities around our forum meetings which are on evenings approximately every 3 months (pending unexpected elections) and also have a monthly tea/coffee social on a Saturday.
We meet to discuss issues that affect us as women, to network and support each other. We also work on campaigns that are of particular interest to women, for example a group arranged to produce squares for the women's quilt earlier in the year (commemorating victims of Domestic Violence), and we are now working on the Vote 100 project for Reading - which will mark 100 years since women go the vote.
We are welcoming to women of all backgrounds, so please come along - the diversity of womens' voices is important to us.
Rachel Eden - Women's Officer
Our acting women's officer is Cllr Rachel Eden.
Rachel has been a Reading Borough Councillor since 2010 and represents Whitley ward. She is also a member of the Cooperative Party and the GMB union. She is currently Lead Member for Adult Social Care having held the Housing and Neighbourhoods portfolio from 2011-2013. She was a Parliamentary Candidate in 2017 in Wantage constituency increasing the Labour vote by 82% on the 2015 result. Rachel is an active campaigner including working for the establishment of Trust House, a support centre for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and ensuring that Reading was one of the first councils to sign up to the UNISON ethical care charter, which aims to ensure fair treatment of care workers in the private sector - including payment of the living wage and phasing out of zero hour contracts. Rachel runs a small business as a director of a ethically focused training and consultancy company. She is a qualified accountant and Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the year in the Thames Valley Venus Awards.
Latest RWF Posts
On Wednesday 15 November, Reading Labour Women were the guests of Matt Rodda MP at the House’s of Parliament. Matt’s Office organised a great tour for us from the amazing Helen McIver who had been a parliamentary secretary for 35 years. Sh be was a fantastic story teller who gave us a riveting history lesson…
I’m really excited that we already have a lot of interest in next year’s 100 anniversary of women getting the vote. Labour women know the struggle for equality is not over but it will be a great opportunity to celebrate how far we have come in the last 100 years and to think about where we…
Two thousand eight hundred and seventy seven votes is all we need and I’m gonna do pretty much anything I can to make sure we get there. Which is why I am walking a dog in Whitley Wood. Ruby is a fantastic old girl and very likely to lick the face right off you so…