Equipping Christians for the General Election

The Green Party: Where they stand on our issues
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Today, the Green Party for England and Wales published its main manifesto. The 26 page document details the key policies that the party will introduce if elected into government. The manifesto can be read in full here.

The Green Party has also produced additional manifestos on the environment, gender equality, LGBTIQA+ and youth.

Below are extracts relating to the issues covered on the engaGE17 website.

So what does the manifesto say?

Sex and Relationships Education

The Green Party pledges to “Improve young people’s access to basic but vital health needs, by providing more funding for sexual health awareness campaigns, providing greater access to free condoms and sexual health clinics; removing VAT from sanitary products and ensuring that they are provided free of charge to those in extreme financial need.” (pg. 15)

In the separate manifesto for gender equality the Green Party also commits to the following:

“Ensure all children receive high quality age appropriate sex and relationships education exploring issues such as consent, different kinds of abuse in relationships, maintaining healthy relationships in the world of smartphones and the internet, and of sexual and romantic identities beyond “heterosexual”. Where necessary, teachers shall be provided with additional training to enable this.”

“Address gender stereotypes, homophobia and transphobia in society, initiating public education programs both in schools and wider society.”

(Manifesto for Gender Equality pg. 12)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Sex and Relationships Education issues can be accessed here

Addressing trafficking and exploitation

The Green Party promises to “implement a UK-wide strategy to tackle gender based violence, including domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, FGM and trafficking.” (pg. 19)

In the separate manifesto for gender equality the Green Party also commits to the following:

“End criminalisation of the purchase and sale of sex.”

“Remove prosecutions for sex work from existing criminal records, enabling sex workers to seek alternative employment should they wish to do so”

“Have zero tolerance of coercion, violence or sexual abuse.  We will ensure that physically coerced sex trafficking and child prostitution remains illegal.” (Manifesto for Gender Equality pg. 4)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Trafficking and Exploitation issues can be accessed here

Religious Liberty and Equality

The Green Party promises to “reject the xenophobic Prevent strategy and pursue community-led collaborative approaches to tackling all forms of extremism instead.” (pg. 15)

The Green Party will “co-operate with our neighbours on the shared challenges that face us all – from tackling terrorism and preventing climate change, to reducing inequality. We would work towards an outward-facing Britain that has the confidence and resilience to welcome others.” (pg. 19)

The Green Party promises an “action to tackle racism and discrimination on the basis of faith or disability, real equality for LGBTIQA+ people, equal rights for mixed gender couples to have a Civil Partnership.” (pg. 21)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Religious Liberty and Equality issues can be accessed here

Abortion

In the separate manifesto for gender equality the Green Party also commits to “Decriminalise abortion procedures across the entire UK, regulating them through medical practice instead of the law. We would provide patients from Northern Ireland with free-of-charge access to NHS abortion care and travel expenses in the mean-time.” (Manifesto for Gender Equality pg. 10)

Further information as to where CARE stands on abortion can be accessed here.

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