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South West Women's Manifesto

Labour publish their "Manifesto for Women"

pdfDelivering for Women248.96 KB has been sent to Fair Play South West by Labour, in response to receiving the SW Women's Manifesto.

 

SW Women's Manifesto Petition still open!

This petition is addressed to the Minister for Women and will apply equally to whoever is in government after the election.

So there is still time to sign it at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/endorse-the-sw-women-s-manifesto

"Please take on board the calls for action in the SW Women's Manifesto and get them accepted as Government policy. The Manifesto is endorsed by women in the South West and describes what women need to give them more equal opportunities in their economic position, their safety, their power and their health. It is at:

http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/images/SW_Womens_Manifesto_final-4.doc"

SW Women's Manifesto Petition sent to Nicky Morgan!

Dear Nicky Morgan,

Please find pdfattached72.73 KB a petition signed by women and representatives of women, mainly from the South West region of England.

“Please take on board the calls for action in the SW Women's Manifesto and get them accepted as Government policy. The Manifesto is endorsed by women in the South West and describes what women need to give them more equal opportunities in their economic position, their safety, their power and their health. It is at:

http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/images/SW_Womens_Manifesto_final-4.doc

Now that parliament is not sitting and we are gearing up for the general election, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on how women have fared under austerity policies and consider what is now needed to reverse some of the inequalities and disadvantages they suffer. We would be really interested to know from you as Minister for Women, how your government would respond to these 22 calls for action should it win in May.

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SW Women's Manifesto re-printed!

By popular demand FPSW has reprinted a limited number of the SW Women's Manifesto. If you require copies to hand out to targetted groups please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . Alternatively, you can download a PDF from www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/manifesto .

We have also loads of printed copies of the flier, a colourful summary of the key "calls for action", for handing out at meetings and networking events. This can also be downloaded from the website. Other resources available from the website include a model powerpoint presentation and a model list of questions for use at hustings etc.

SW Women's Manifesto Updated!

The SW Women's Manifesto has been updated to reflect input at our highly successful event on 6th June 2014.

The updated Manifesto can be found at docSW Women's Manifesto Final 4603 KB

It is intended that Fair Play SW members and others should use the Manifesto to challenge candidates for election in 2015 on how they intend to reduce women's inequality in the economy, in health, in safety and in power.

Fair Play SW members are available to speak at hustings and other relevant events. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please sign our petition to Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities, asking her to : Please take on board the calls for action in the SW Women's Manifesto and get them accepted as Government policy. The Manifesto is endorsed by women in the South West and describes what women need to give them more equal opportunities in their economic position, their safety, their power and their health. It is at:

http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/images/SW_Womens_Manifesto_final-4.doc

Manifesto supported by SWTUC Regional Council

The SW TUC Regional Council received a presentation on the SW Women's Manifesto on 28th June 2014 and expressed support, urging Unions to provide individual endorsements and use widely to lobby candidates for next year's elections.

Cooperative Party endorse SW Women's Manifesto

docEndorsement from SW Coop Council28 KB

Report on FPSW Manifesto Event June 6th 2014

Fair Play South West organised an event on 6th June 2014 in Exeter which was attended by over 60 people, mostly women. They discussed a South West Women's Manifesto and endorsed it unanimously, subject to a few updates to strengthen the supporting evidence. The resulting updated Manifesto will be available shortly.

Attendance at the event was overwhelmingly white British and the FPSW Board is discussing how to facilitate access of BME women to future events. Any advice on this would be welcome sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Other equality strands were also under-represented according to the docxequality monitoring forms22.3 KB, which we will seek to address in future.

docxFeedback from the event21.11 KB was overwhelmingly positive and we gained new Board and other members as a result. Presentations from Joanne Kay, Harriet Bradley, Finn Mackay and Sarah Payne were much appreciated. Workshop sessions were lively and mostly worked well, though a couple of delegates would have liked more structure and/or less noise! There were four themes to the day, following the structure of the Manifesto.

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South West Women's Manifesto Endorsed!

Women, and organisations set up to support women, in the South West of England have identified a number of key calls for action to progress gender equality in the areas of:
 The economy; power and influence; safety; health

On 6th June 2014 in Exeter over 60 of them gathered to discuss and endorse pdfThe South West Women's Manifesto431.1 KB 
which calls on candidates for election to endorse policies...........

To improve women’s access to jobs with adequate hours and decent pay:

  • More free and subsidised quality childcare

  • Better access to flexible working in higher paid jobs

  • Improved public transport

  • Equal pay and a living wage

To improve women’s access to health services:

  • Recognition of specific health needs of women
  • Recognition of different ways women experience and access health care

To increase women’s safety in the home and on the street:

  • Control of the media to end exploitation of women

  • Relationship education in schools

  • Better funded support for victims and more effective dealing with  perpetrators

  • Improved policing of streets

To increase women’s power and influence:

  • All women shortlists for all political parties

  • Quotas for company boards and government quangos

  • Requirements to ensure meeting times take account of the needs of women’s domestic responsibilities

 

In addition, the meeting stressed the call for the next Government to fully implement the Equality Act 2010, including the "lost" innovations for women's equality, which has been systematically watered down by the Coalition.

Expressions of support, endorsement and policy pledges can be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.