“Every decision that is made can be a step closer to a gender equal Wales” that’s the message from Chwarae Teg chief executive Cerys Furlong this International Women’s Day.
The gender equality charity leader is urging business owners, employers, policy makers and politicians to embed action to tackle inequality into their day-to-day decision making.
This follows on from the publication of the charity’s State of the Nation report last month which showed that progress was frustratingly slow when it comes to many gender equality indicators in Wales. This clearly demonstrates the need to embed a gender perspective into everything that we do as well as all plans and actions across government, business and society.
Data in the report showed that two issues remain absolutely critical to secure a gender equal Wales – childcare and unpaid work; and sexual harassment, abuse and violence. This year’s data also exposed, once more, how characteristics such as gender, race, sexuality, disability, class, age and faith can interact and produce often multiple experiences of disadvantage.
Research has shown that action to to improve gender equality can lead to multiple benefits with Chwarae Teg’s own report from 2018 showing it could add £13.6 billion to the Welsh economy.