DivaManc Calls to Action for Gender Equality in Greater Manchester


Informed by the conversations and contributions of women across Greater Manchester in DivaManc debate over the least nine months, we have pulled together the following Five Pledges and Calls to Action with the Fawcett Society.

Mayoral Pledges

As Mayor for Greater Manchester I pledge to:

  1. Call for gender-balanced leadership and representation across Greater Manchester.

  2. Enable women and men equally to participate in and contribute to policy making.

  3. Challenge conscious and unconscious bias against women across public, private and voluntary sectors.

  4. Close the gender pay gap.

  5. Make Greater Manchester a place of choice for women and girls to live, work, study and care.

Our Calls to Action

  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 to ensure women are fairly represented by members with a real say and responsibilities; 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

Note: These Mayoral Pledges and

Calls to Action have been co-developed with DivaManc through partnership with the Fawcett society.

DivaManc acknowledges the diversity of women and men’s voices across Greater Manchester and so does not claim to represent all women’s views.

A more comprehensive document containing recommendations, evidence and additional contributions has been produced by the Fawcett Society.


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