Mayoral Pledges [Draft] (see below for longer version)
As Mayor for Greater Manchester I pledge to:
Call for gender-balanced leadership and representation across Greater Manchester.
Enable women and men to contribute equally to policy making.
Challenge conscious and unconscious bias against women across public, private and voluntary sectors.
Close the gender pay gap..
Make Greater Manchester a place of choice for women and girls to live, work, study and care.
To promote equality, embrace diversity and enable inclusion
Background and what next...
Over the past 8 months DivaManc have been holding a series of conversations with women in Greater Manchester about their engagement with and representation in the GM Devolution debate. We have heard from women from all walks of life about their priorities, aspirations and concerns. The remit of devolved powers touches on almost every aspect of life for the women and girls who live, work, care or study in Greater Manchester and yet women and girls have told us how they’ve felt disconnected, excluded and unrepresented in the devolution process, decision making and leadership.
GM devolution is a both a challenge and an opportunity to look afresh at the policies and partnerships that will deliver a fairer economy across all of GM, but none of these will be complete without the voices of 51% of the population. For this reason we have been working with the Fawcett Society to develop 5 Mayoral Pledges that we want the future Mayor to embrace as part of building a devolved Greater Manchester that has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart. Please see attached and below.
We have done our best to boil down what women have told us in the conversations we've been involved in to-date. We cannot and do not suggest that we are speaking on behalf of all women in Greater Manchester.
The timescales for feeding in to the mayoral manifestos are very tight and do not enable us to attempt to co-produce the pledges as we'd wish but any comments on the drafts received by Monday 27 February will be considered before pledges are finalised. Comments received after that date will feed into future recommendations and actions. The pledges will be accompanied by a longer briefing document prepared by the Fawcett Society (with support from others) setting out more detailed recommendations on how a future Mayor, together with GMCA, can seek to make the changes sought.
We believe this is part of a bigger conversation we need to have around women's voice in Greater Manchester. A conversation which we hope will include you.
The last year has introduced us to just some of the many brilliant women, like yourselves, and women's organisations who are working tirelessly from the grassroots to the top table to champion women and equality in Greater Manchester. Thanks to them, and those who've gone before them, some real gains have been made in the region that we must celebrate.
Greater Manchester should take pride in its radical tradition of women’s challenge and change-making. We want to build on these strengths to help create further space for a bigger conversation and greater collaboration, to include both new and existing voices, to share women's perspectives and ideas and to build broader, deeper, more diverse engagement and influence in devolution design and decision-making.
We will be launching the pledges in International Women’s Week, at our DivaManc event at Manchester Central Library on Friday 10th March, where we will be further exploring 'What Works for Women' and celebrating the 'Divas In Action' who are making change in Greater Manchester. 200 women have signed up to attend over the course of the day. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
In April-May we hope to bring interested parties together to help to co-produce a collaborative platform for women's voice, that is Diverse, Inclusive, Vibrant and Accountable. We hope you will join us.
Mayoral Pledges [Draft] Longer version
1. Call for gender-balanced leadership and representation across Greater Manchester.
Women leaders across Greater Manchester are playing an integral role in shaping the region’s future. And yet, there is currently only one woman with a vote at the top table. We want to see the Mayor take practical steps to build on areas of strength and ensure women are equally represented across GMCA and at all levels of decision making in Greater Manchester. This will need to include changing how councils are represented at the Combined Authority; greater use of all women shortlists; targets for gender equality on committees and boards; and designing in systems and strategies to nurture female talent and encourage more women to stand for office.
2. Enable women and men to contribute equally to policy making.
Women and girls make up 51% of the population of Greater Manchester but have little say in the policies that impact on their day-to-day lives. We want the Mayor to establish an effective mechanism for involving grassroots women’s voices in setting the policy agenda for Greater Manchester, including BAME, LGBT and disabled women.
3. Challenge conscious and unconscious bias against women across public, private and voluntary sectors.
We want our Mayor to use their position to challenge unrepresentative platforms, panels and committees, promote best practice and a culture of inclusion where all people feel valued and can contribute to the workplace/city/community according to their capabilities.
4. To close the gender pay gap.
Women in Greater Manchester earn 11% less than men per hour, and many are on poverty pay. We want the Mayor to work with businesses, public sector, voluntary and community sector, trade unions and citizens to co-produce and co-deliver a strategy for tackling Greater Manchester’s gender pay gap. This needs to include increased availability of good quality, affordable childcare and flexible working; access to high quality apprenticeships; rigorous target setting and measurement across recruitment, training and promotion; and should build on existing work in councils to guarantee a real living wage for Greater Manchester citizens.
5. Make Greater Manchester a place of choice for women and girls to live, work, study and care.
We are asking Mayoral candidates to set out how they will:
Make Greater Manchester a place where every girl and young woman wants to grow up.
Deliver quality care from birth to old age and a fairer deal for carers
Ensure women and girls have choice of safe, accessible and sustainable travel options
Enable all women and girls to access safe and suitable housing
End violence against women and girls
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