Call for women to join Greater Manchester gender equality panel

There are only a few weeks left to join a new panel that will help to help combat inequalities that women and girls are facing in Greater Manchester.

The panel, which is being formed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, will work on understanding and responding to issues that women and girls are facing, particularly those which have emerged from or which have been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It aims to develop a programme and an action plan to make the region a better place to live, work, study and do business and applicants should be individuals or organisations who are able to advise on key matters related to policy and activities.

It will be chaired by Greater Manchester’s Lead for Ageing and Equalities Councillor Brenda Warrington and Chief Executive Lead Pam Smith, who will be joined by Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Beverly Hughes.

Cllr Warrington said: “It is vital that we address inequality issues across the city-region, enabling women and girls to live their best lives.

“The recent pandemic has created new challenges for everyone in the city-region, including women and girls and a key part of the panel’s work will be in understanding and addressing these.

“The outbreak will have created a number of inequalities, as well as increasing existing ones and it is vital that we see what we can do to combat these to ensure we have an equal society for all.

“This panel will help us to do this and make a real difference in accelerating gender equality across Greater Manchester. This group is being created to work for all women and girls and I would urge people to apply to join, to ensure that the membership is diverse and inclusive and we hear from as wide a range of women from different backgrounds and with different experiences as possible.”

Applications are open to any women 18+ who are interested making a difference across Greater Manchester, including trans women, non-binary people and gender fluid people who identify as a woman or girl, lesbian and bisexual women, women and girls of colour and those that identify as BAME, women or girls with disabilities, and those with any religious beliefs.

The application process is open until Sunday, August 16, 2020, and more information about how to apply can be found here.

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