Women still face inequality in all areas of their lives.
Women are paid less on average – Wales still has a gender pay gap of 12% – and women are four times as likely as men, to be out of work as they are looking after the family and home.
We have fewer women in decision-making positions, both in politics and in the workplace, and women remain at significantly greater risk of living in poverty and experiencing violence, abuse and harassment than men.
Two-thirds of girls in the UK have experienced unwanted sexual attention in public places, and one in eight had their first such experience when they werejust 12 years old or younger.
Inequality is not inevitable, it is a result of unfair and archaic systems and structures that do not take into account difference or disadvantage on the basis of gender or other protected characteristics.
Throughout the pandemic, we have seen the true cost of this inequality, with women, particularly women of colour, disabled women, and women on low incomes, bearing the brunt of the crisis.
Now is the time for radical change. An opportunity to rebuild to a fairer, caring and equal society.