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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Looking at the General Election as a Young Woman

The snap general election is looming in the UK and the newspapers and news channels are constantly covering it. From discussing Brexit to tax hikes and the NHS, there seems to be discussions on every topic and you can't shy away from the fact that in a month we will have voted for our new government. But as a young woman and a young mother, I'm really struggling to pick the party that will stand behind my needs and provide the security for the future of my family.


I've always voted, I remember my mum sitting me down and telling me that if I didn't vote then my voice wouldn't be heard and I wouldn't have anyone to blame but myself for not giving my vote. Which makes hearing my peers around me at work and in social circles talking about how they weren't going to vote a sad an uncomfortable time. We are fortunate to live in a society where women are allowed to vote, so I feel strongly that when it comes to a vote we should exercise our right to have our voices heard.

This election is more important than ever for young women. It will determine how Brexit is handled, how the Human Right's Act will evolve and how funding will be distributed for the future generations. It feels like more than ever we need to shout from the rooftop for parliament to realise that young people need to be heard. Young Women's Trust have found more than ever that young women need their voices heard.

From my own point of view I'm looking for a government that will help young women into jobs that will allow them to be financially secure. Despite bringing in what might be deemed as a decent wage, me and Scott are still reliant on the benefit system. It might be less and less each year, but with little hop for job progression in part time and flexible careers it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Flexible working should be seen as an asset to companies rather than a hindrance. Digital Mums found that there is 66 million hours being missed due to companies not being flexible.

We are also hoping to get on the housing ladder soon, but with soaring rents, high deposits and stagnant wages it seems impossible. We are blessed to live in a gorgeous place, but it comes with the title of the most unaffordable place to live in the UK. New builds are way out of reach, help to buys are non existent and council housing is diminishing. I want a government that realises that young people just want home security rather than wondering when their next eviction will be. Especially when Shelter found that 78% of evictions end in homelessness.

Finally I want young families rights to be enforced and assessed. Currently there is tight time and financial constraints to mothers submitting a discrimination tribunal. I want mothers to have the same rights as any others complaining about discrimination. Alongside that there is no protocol in place for a young parent in education. For a government that claim their main focus is the future of society, they should look into why young parents are penalised, forced out and discriminated against.

As I said earlier, I'm not sure who I'm going to vote for. My aim is to talk to my nominees and see what their views are and how best they will represent me. I know that one vote can't change everything. But if my voice isn't heard then I can't complain if things don't go my way. For young people this is the most important vote they will probably ever do. Don't sit back and complain, be the change, be the voice, vote.

You can register to vote here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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6 comments

  1. I was totally undecided who to vote for as well, I will have to see how things go over the next few weeks before I make my final decision but it seems to be splitting into black and white now which should make it easier. It's really important that everyone uses their vote though, whether they are young or old.

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  2. I hope that whichever party you decide to vote for will bring you what you need for your family. Sadly what parties promise isn't seemingly what they deliver :/

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  3. It's such a big decision isn't i? I just hope people take the time to actually vote.

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  4. It's a tough one this year. I will remain true to who I always vote for as I really do believe they have the overall best interests for the all of the people in this country.

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  5. All I can say is that I think that everyone should vote. It is a travesty to the women that out in so many hours and days trying to get us the vote. I always vote even if I think it will not impact the result. I take my children with me

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  6. We are struggling to move up the housing ladder too which is stupidly frustrating, although the amount if houses they are about to build locally is also pretty scary too. I have been doing some research but have yet to make up my mind too

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