Gender equality must be placed at front, right, left and centre of the Welsh political agenda if we are to build back better – that’s the message from Chwarae Teg today.
The charity is launching its ‘Manifesto for a Gender Equal Wales’ and says that now is the time for all political parties and those in power to harness the full economic potential of women.
With research showing that this could benefit the Welsh economy by £13.6 billion, Chwarae Teg has set out actions and recommendations in its manifesto, which will create a Wales where women of all backgrounds and experiences can achieve and prosper.
The Covid-19 crisis has exposed and exacerbated stark inequalities in society with the most vulnerable groups facing hardship and disadvantage – women, people of colour, disabled people and those on low incomes.
With the Welsh election on the horizon, Chwarae Teg is calling for parties to show bold leadership and commit to tackling the root causes of inequality. The charity wants to see:
- A new approach to the economy which truly values the paid and unpaid work that women do, with investment in vital public services like social care and childcare
- Action to improve diversity in our political institutions so that politicians and the decisions they make reflect, and meet the needs of, the communities they serve
- Action to tackle barriers and stereotypes in education which lead to gender segregation in the labour market
- Action to end the risk of poverty, abuse and isolation faced by women so that they can live safe, secure and fulfilling lives.