Women across Salford are being invited to the launch of a new commission set up to address key issues affecting women and girls across the city.
The new Salford Women and Girls’ Commission aims to give a voice to many women who feel marginalized in their communities and to help develop strong actions to support them locally.
Its first meeting will take place on virtually Monday, November 29, with women from all backgrounds, including those from ethnic minorities, trans women and the LGBTQ community, those with disabilities and women caring for others who are asked to participate. to engage in the independent commission.
The first meeting will see participants discuss the key issues that women and girls face in Salford along with a core group of 18 women from organizations across Salford’s community, business, public and private sectors. This core group consists of people with unique experiences who will take the priority topics for further discussion and action.
Councilor Sharmina August, Lead Member of the Inclusive Economy, Anti-Poverty and Equalities and co-chair of the commission, said: “For far too long, the women and girls of Salford have needed a platform to help them speak freely and confront the problems. which we meet daily in our city.
“The Commission wants to give us the safe place where we can develop the right solutions so that women in Salford feel safer in this city and have access to services that are there to support them.
“The women of Salford are exceptional and I invite anyone who wants to use their voice to help us make change in our city to get in touch so we can deliver a safer Salford for all of us.”
Salford CVS will run the introductory session via Zoom from 6 p.m. 1pm to 3pm with the organization working with the Salford City Council to facilitate the commission.
Alison Page, CEO of Salford CVS and a member of the Commission’s core group, said: “Women have borne the bulk of Covid – in the form of increased care responsibilities, increasing domestic abuse, employment weakness and more – all in the context of significantly lower wages and the ingrained pay gap between the sexes that exists in society.
“We know that many women and girls are exposed to violence, abuse and intimidation on a daily basis. The murder of Sarah Everard, among hundreds of other women, has raised awareness that many women and girls do not feel safe – at home, on the street – and evidence shows that rape is becoming less common.
“Women may hold half the sky – and make up 50% of our population – but we need to do more and do it faster to make society a fairer and fairer place for women and girls. I welcome that. the development of this new Salford Women and Girls Commission. “
After the introduction, the core group will prioritize the key issues highlighted at the meeting and work together to develop solutions over six meetings before presenting its key recommendations to the Salford City Council after one year.
You can register for this event by clicking here – https://www.salfordcvs.co.uk/