A BASINGSTOKE political party is launching an event to discuss men’s mental health and inequality.

Women’s Equality Party Basingstoke will host an event for men in the town to discuss how gender inequality negatively affects their lives.

Stacy Hart, branch leader of WE Basingstoke, said: “The reason we fight for equality is that we believe equality is better for everyone. Gender inequality has negative consequences for men, too: it often prevents them from enjoying equal parenting and caring roles, and outdated masculine ideals can put horrendous pressure on men that can have terrible effects on their mental health.

“The Women’s Equality Party is committed to fighting for a better society for everyone’s benefit.”

The free event will be held in the marquee at the Rising Sun pub in Chapel Hill, Basingstoke on Sunday, July 25 from 1pm to 3pm.

There will be guest speakers to talk about some of the challenges that men face because of gender inequality, followed by a chance for attendees to discuss their own experiences.

Covid safety measures will be implemented in line with government guidance on the day and may include limited entrance and mask-wearing unless exempt.

Stacy added: “At this event we will be discussing male mental health, parenting and caregiving, violence prevention and much more: all are welcome.

“There will also be opportunity to ask questions about our branch and our work; nothing is off the table for a chat.

“As a mother of two boys, I believe they will only be truly free when gender biases and inequalities no longer exist to confine their lives and their choices. The Women’s Equality Party is a place for everyone, regardless of gender.”

Families are welcome and there will be some children’s activities provided along with a raffle to win a pair of roast dinners at the Rising Sun.

For more information visit facebook.com/wepBasingstoke.