Launch of Manifesto for Equality for Women and Girls in Wales

2nd May 2018

Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales, Chwarae Teg, Women Connect First and Welsh Women’s Aid are delighted to be launching our Manifesto for Equality for Women and Girls in Wales. Collectively, we have a vision of a Wales where every woman and girl is treated equally, is able to fully participate in the economy, and public and political life and live safe from violence and fear. We believe that ambitious action is needed now and call for the following, in order to achieve gender equality in Wales:

1. Gender equality education for all: Everyone in Wales understands gender inequality and is actively promoting gender equality.

2. Promoting BME women: BME women in Wales feel that they are active citizens of Wales.

3. Equal leadership: Women’s full and active participation with equal opportunities for leadership within political, economic and public life.

4. End violence against women and girls: Women and girls to live free from violence, abuse and intimidation with access to specialist services and justice.

5. Close the gender pay gap and access to fair work: Women have access to fair and fulfiling paid work.

6. Women have independent lives: All women and girls have access to the resources they need to live independent lives.

7. Care work is valued and shared: Create a caring economy in Wales.

8. Women’s health and well-being is prioritised: High quality sexual reproductive health services available across Wales and reproductive rights.

9. Women’s rights maintained and advanced post-Brexit: Ensure that women’s legal rights are protected and advanced after leaving the EU.

10. Welsh Government accountable to women and girls: Women’s rights and gender equality is integrated within Welsh Government.

Cerys Furlong, CEO of Chwarae Teg said

‘Chwarae Teg is pleased to join forces with other women’s organisations in Wales to outline our vision for making Wales a world leader in gender equality. To ensure a thriving, successful economy and society we need to address the continued inequality that women face and ensure that everyone in Wales can prosper, regardless of their background. This manifesto sets out clear actions in a range of policy areas that will deliver the change we need to see and we look forward to working with women throughout Wales to ensure they are implemented.’

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