Ask the candidates: Creating a Gender Equal Wales

21st April 2021

Ahead of the Senedd elections on 6th May 2021, Chwarae Teg invite you to their ‘ask the candidates’ event.

This will be your chance to ask candidates from the main political parties, how they will establish a gender equal Wales if elected. There will be representatives from Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and The Welsh Liberal Democrats.

Sarah Murphy – Welsh Labour candidate for Bridgend

Sarah is the Welsh Labour candidate for Bridgend. She lives in Bridgend Town with her partner and has strong family roots there. Sarah has a Masters in Digital Media from Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Sarah now works as a Policy and Research Advisor helping to make workplaces safer and fairer. During her career she has worked at the Senedd and UK Parliament in Westminster, as well in Seoul, South Korea as a teacher and in London for a global development company. Sarah has experience as a Trustee for a local drug and rehabilitation centre, as well as having been the Chair of the Board for a Welsh environmental charity based in Porthcawl. In her spare time, Sarah is a member of our local litter-picking groups, loves live music and good food with her friends and family, and walking her dog, Ruby.

Natasha Asgar - Welsh Conservatives candidate for South Wales East

Natasha is the Welsh Conservative regional candidate for South East Wales. Natasha was born and raised in Newport Gwent, she attended Rougemont School in Newport and went to the University of London to study for a BA in Politics and social policy. This was followed by a Masters in Contemporary British Politics and Media.

After completion of her MA, Natasha became a Banker in London and has worked in an array of financial, retail and political institutions, including the House of Commons, European Parliament and the Welsh Parliament in a variety of positions.

After a few years she decided to pursue a career in media and has presented her own successful Radio show, she has written for magazines and had released two books.

Natasha then became a well-known face on QVC UK and has recently started working for a PR firm. As head of UK government/TV partnerships she produces government adverts for over twenty networks in various languages in relation to ensuring people from the ethnic minorities understand the UK government’s messages in relation to the pandemic.

Chloe Hutchinson - Welsh Liberal Democrats candidate for South Wales West

Chloe is the Welsh Liberal Democrats candidate for South Wales West. Chloe lives in Uplands, she has previously worked at Swansea University and volunteers with Swansea Women’s Aid. She moved to Wales in 2014 to study at Swansea University and now is proud to call it her home.

Chloe has a degree in History and Politics and worked in her Students’ Union to increase mental health support, reduce barriers in Higher Education and build a more inclusive academic experience. She is passionate about the environment, education, and human rights, having previously volunteered with Save the Children, Girlguiding, and Amnesty International.

Heledd Fychan – Plaid Cymru candidate for South Wales Central

Heledd is the Plaid Cymru candidate in Pontypridd and is standing for the South Wales Central Regional List. Since 2017, she has represented Pontypridd Town on RCT Council and Pontypridd Town Council. She works as Head of Policy and Public Affairs for National Museum Wales, and is on the Board of the UK Museums Association where she serves as Chair of their Nations Committee.

Please feel free to submit questions ahead of the event using this google form.

If you have any general questions about the event, please feel free to email our Policy and Communications Partner, Chisomo Phiri – chisomo.phiri@chwaraeteg.com.