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“Young people are breaking the norm of failing systems”

This weekend, members of the Young Greens – the youth and student wing of the Green Party of England and Wales – gathered in Coventry for their annual convention. One of the keynote speakers at the event was the party’s current deputy leader, Amelia Womack.

Light green met her at the event to reflect on her tenure and make her aware of the importance of Young Greens within the Green Party.

Womack was first elected as deputy leader in 2014. At the time, she was still a member of the Young Greens and a graduate of the group’s flagship training program – 30 under 30. According to Womack, the fact that she was elected when a Young Green was important, “It was really exciting at the time to see that young people could be in charge, and [in] this 2015 general election, there was a real craze for young people – those under 30. This idea of ​​an earthquake would change British politics.

She continued,

So I think that was exciting for the party, but I think it was just around this time that there was an increase in youth representation and an understanding of why young people should engage in politics, have to engage in politics and how young people break the norm, quite often, of these broken systems in the press in the media as well as political systems of challenging the status quo and ensuring policies are relevant for their generation, or our generation at the time.

This assessment is echoed in his argument that the youth wing of the Green Party is an essential part of the party. Womack says there is a “real need to make sure a younger generation is heard in politics.” She said Light green,

The Young Greens are so important because there is a real need to ensure that a younger generation is heard in politics. And it is by organizing together that we ensure that the voice of young people is well represented. At a time when there is a cost of living crisis, there is a climate emergency, we know this will hurt young people.

Beyond conversations about Young Greens and youth engagement in politics, Light green asked Womack what she considered her greatest successes in the eight years she served as deputy conductor. She listed three achievements – “ensuring there is support for diverse candidates”, campaigning to make misogyny a hate crime and “linking flood risk to the climate and ecological emergency”. Along with that, she said, “the thing I’m really proudest of is that I put the grassroots of the party first.”

Womack announced earlier this year that she will step down as deputy leader this year, and the Greens will elect her replacement throughout the summer. Light green asked Womack for his assessment of this election. She says,

I obviously hoped more women would come forward, having been a woman who had promoted women’s rights in the party. But one of the things that I think is really important for this election is that I think a lot of people compared what the next person will do versus what I did, and I think that what’s really important to remember is – I evolved my leadership at specific times throughout the party, and seeing someone come in and maybe do things a little differently will be really exciting.

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