“If we don’t challenge and change now, then gender equality in Wales will stall and even regress.” – That’s the alert from Cerys Furlong, Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg this International Women’s Day (8.3.21).
Cerys and the gender equality charity she leads have grave concerns when it comes to creating a fairer Wales, particularly as we approach Senedd elections and work to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of women in winnable seats in May’s Senedd election is shockingly low and could result in a Welsh parliament dominated by white men and potentially completely lacking in any BAME women altogether once again.
This information, coupled with the fact that Covid-19 has exposed and exacerbated inequalities, paints a very bleak picture for Wales. Women are twice as likely as men to be key workers, more likely to have lost their jobs and have borne the brunt of home-schooling and caring responsibilities.
Chwarae Teg is therefore challenging political parties to commit to the changes needed before it is too late. Launching its ‘Manifesto for a Gender Equal Wales’ at the end of last year the charity called on those in power to harness a vision for a Wales where all women of all backgrounds and experiences can achieve and prosper.