Making Devolution Work in Greater Manchester - with Women and for Women

We want to collaborate with a diverse group to identify and hear the change women want to see and to facilitate it to happen for a better Greater Manchester.

We hope you can join us!

It is 100 years since some women first won the vote. But there are still too few women at the top in politics and other positions of power, and our society is still unfair for women. We love Greater Manchester - but we need to see changes to make it work for women. We are delighted to have joined forces with the Fawcett Society and partner organisation on this project to make sure that the voices of women from all walks of life are heard to help shape the public services and decisions that affect them.

As part of this project we will be holding two large public workshops in central Manchester with community-led satellite events in communities across Greater Manchester (GM).

We are in the process of designing the first event. The second event will be informed by the outputs of the first and developed as the project progresses.

The first event (including satellite events) will focus on Listening to GM Women’s Voices.

Book your place: The first central event is on Friday 27 April from 10.30-2pm including free lunch and refreshments. It will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Student Union, at 21 Higher Cambridge St, Manchester M15 6AD. The event is being kindly supported by Manchester Metropolitan University’s MetroPolis research-led think tank. Book here.

Accessibility: The venue is designed to be accessible for disabled people. If you, or people your organisation works with, have any other requirements in order to participate, like sign language or a hearing loop, please get in touch with us to let us know.

Costs: The event will be free to all who wish to attend and we have a small budget to cover travel, childcare and other expenses for individuals who would otherwise be excluded. Please get in touch to discuss what you need in order to be able to attend.

Satellite events: To include as many and as diverse a voice as possible we are keen to support around ten satellite workshops in other parts of Greater Manchester e.g, within women’s organisations, community groups, places of faith, places of work and places of learning. For example, Inspire Women are looking to host a workshop with their members at their centre in Oldham.

If you are interested in delivering a satellite event in your borough please get in touch. We will support you with £40 for refreshments, and we will provide a simple tool kit with key questions and resources to facilitate this conversation and we are happy to discuss ways of facilitating the workshop and recording feedback if wanted.

If you are interested in hosting a satellite event please get in contact with andrew.bazeley@fawcettsociety.org.uk. We’d love to have events running across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs.

Workshop content:

  • We will consider research by The Fawcett Society into Greater Manchester policy and current data on what it is like as a women living, traveling, studying, working and caring in the region.

  • We will collaborate to explore what change is needed for women in GM, with focus on some specific themes, such as skills & employment, childcare and social care and transport.

  • We will explore existing opportunities to inform policy making and implementation in Greater Manchester policy.

Working Group: We have formed a working group of inspiring and inspired people from across GM. The working group is collaborating with the Core Group (Fawcett, happen and amity) to support with the workshop design, to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Happen CIC (Eve and Nicola) and amity (Maria and Katie) are in the process of co-design and facilitation of the workshop together with Fawcett society and a wider working group.

If you are interested in the workshop design or the broader research project and would like to join the working group please share your email address and we will add you to the email list. We communicate by email, hold regular (online) zoom sessions and will be running a collaborative workshop design session.

This project is kindly supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, and by the Smallwood Trust


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