We are delighted that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is establishing a Women and Girls’ Equality Panel. It’s an initiative we have been lobbying for since GM4Women2028 was set up.
What will the Panel do?
The Panel aims to keep the GMCA focused on enabling women and girls to live their best life in Greater Manchester. That means ensuring Greater Manchester women all have equality of opportunity to start well, live well and age well.
Among other objectives this will involve:
Establishing a clear vision for women and girls across the city region
Understanding and communicating issues impacting on women’s lives
Recognising women and girls’ particular experience of specific events and shocks, currently including the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensuring that gender equality is actively considered by GMCA, and by partners across the wider Greater Manchester system.
The Panel will make recommendations to GMCA and partners to help drive and effect change.
How can I get involved?
The Panel is currently accepting applications from all women who want to apply. They’re looking for women or organisations who are able to:
advise on key matters related to policy and activities
engage with their networks
and ensure that they represent the views of others working in similar fields.
The Panel will be inclusive of all women and girls applying, including (but not limited to):
trans women, non-binary people and gender fluid people who identify as a woman or girl
lesbian and bisexual women
women and girls of colour and those that identify as BAME
women or girls with disabilities
those with any religious beliefs.
You can find an application form on the GMCA website. The deadline to apply is Sunday 16th August. If you have any specific access requirements, or need any support to apply, contact Hannah Hatton on email@example.com.
Another way to get involved
GM4Women2028 are a wide, diverse, eclectic group of individuals passionate about achieving change with and for women in Greater Manchester. We annually publish the Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard in recognition of our committment to campaign for the collation of disaggregated data in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010
Named after Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett, the scorecard monitors progress towards gender equality in employment, safety, participation, education and culture. Having this information at our fingertips means we’re well-placed to feed in data-driven concerns to the Panel.
If you would be interested in contributing, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.