“Making Devolution Work for Women”

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On August 2nd, CLES attended the second “Making Devolution Work for Women” workshop.

The event is part of a wider piece of work, commissioned by the Fawcett Society, looking at women’s involvement in the Greater Manchester and Midlands devolution deals. The project combines gendered analysis of economic data, grassroots collaboration with local women and community organisations, and detailed policy analysis to enable disadvantaged women and girls to effectively make their voices heard about the public services that affect their lives.

The event brought together a diverse group of women from across Greater Manchester to ensure their voices are heard in policy making. Centring around four key topics, women were asked to share their experiences and make asks of GMCA with Mayor Andy Burnham later responding to their proposals. The four key topics were:

Social Care and Child Care

Often deemed as “women’s work”, care is a field in which women are disproportionately represented and often undervalued. In this group the women present discussed the many issues related to care, from the widening pay gap for mothers to the increased likelihood of women being the ones to provide unpaid adult care. In response to the concerns raised, Mayor Andy Burnham highlighted the opportunity for devolution to allow a complete rethink of social care and give more respect to those providing care services, an area in which wider society has failed.

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