The Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme

Want to take on leadership in the Labour Party, local government, your workplace or community? We’re looking for women members to join our Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme. 

Please note, applications for the next cohort are now closed.

About the Programme

The Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme is a personal and political development programme for passionate women members who are ready to lead. 

In memory of our friend and colleague Jo Cox, Labour Women’s Network and the Labour Party launched the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme in 2016. Jo was an extremely talented MP, Chair of Labour Women’s Network and a proud Labour feminist who championed women in leadership roles. 

Now entering its sixth cohort, this programme has created a generation of women who can continue Jo’s fight in parliament, local government and in their communities. They are an army of feminist changemakers, whose mutual support and collective voice emboldens them in rattling cages and getting things done. 

Jo battled to increase women’s representation in Parliament, and would doubtless be proud that the Parliamentary Labour Party is now gender balanced, and impatient for this to be the case across all levels of representation. 

Jo lived and breathed inclusion, and we know that she would celebrate the diversity of the women we have trained so far on the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Scheme. From the most recent cohort, the youngest participant was under 20, and the oldest mid-sixties. 41% were women of colour, 21% identified as having a disability, and 17% identified as lesbian or bisexual. Among them were women who worked in the public sector, third sector, health and social care as well as students and carers. 

Jo Cox

Programme Schedule

The Programme takes place across three weekend gatherings over a number of months, including an overnight residential, with homework and other challenges in between. It is a commitment, but most of all, it is an investment in yourself. 

All applicants need to be available to attend sessions on: 

  • Day 1: In-person session 9 December 2023 
  • Day 2: In-person session 20 January 2024 
  • Residential Weekend on 16-17 March 2024 
  • There will also be two online catch ups in between.   


Applications for cohort six of the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Scheme are now open and all women members of the Labour Party are invited to apply. This includes former applicants, who have been unsuccessful previously. 

The extended deadline for applications is Monday 6 November 2023 (at noon) – and please note, we will not accept any late applications. 

Members wishing to submit their application or receive information about the programme in a different format due to an access requirements should email [email protected]. Please note we suggest you copy the your application into a Word document and paste it into the form directly for ease. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in late November.