Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has today given his support to the five pledges for Greater Manchester Women, created by the DivaManc group.
The group, which aims to encourage women to play a role in shaping the region’s future, worked in partnership with the Fawcett Society and held nine months of conversations with women across the region to create the pledges. These pledges were underpinned by the Fawcett Society’s own manifesto, bringing together their recommendations on Women in Greater Manchester.
The pledges call for:
- Gender-balanced leadership and representation across Greater Manchester.
- Women and men to equally participate in and contribute to policy making.
- Challenge conscious and unconscious bias against women across public, private and voluntary sectors.
- Close the gender pay gap.
- Make Greater Manchester a place of choice for women and girls to live, work, study and care.
The pledges have already been endorsed by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.
With its roots dating back to 1866, when Millicent Garrett Fawcett dedicated her life to the peaceful campaign for women’s suffrage, today the organisation is one of the UK’s leading charities promoting gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m delighted to be supporting these pledges, put forward by the DivaManc group in partnership with the Fawcett Society.
“It’s important, now, more than ever, that we support initiatives to get women more involved in the wider policy process, as well as addressing gender bias across the public, private and voluntary sectors.”