The Government Equalities Office recently published the findings from the ‘Strengthening Women’s Voices in Government’ public consultation. The Government consulted on a new model of engagement to bring women’s voices into Government.
The consultation ran from 7 March until 15 June 2011 and set out the principles for the new approach, which are:
Women across the UK can be heard and are enabled to influence and shape Government policy;
The new approach must be genuinely cross-Government and departments are committed to listening to women, taking their views into account, and feeding back the results, and
Women know what central Government is doing across the breadth of policies and are able to act on that knowledge.
The new approach should transform the way in which women’s voices are brought to Government, delivering an engagement framework which is direct, inclusive and transparent.
The top priorities women identified were:
- Issues relating to the workplace and women’s experience of work including promotion; better work life balance; childcare and setting up a business.
- Tackling violence against women and girls;
- A strong appetite for greater equality for women;
- Access to leadership positions, both in politics and business;
- More engagement with women, including with senior women in business/women entrepreneurs.
In her speech today on Women and the Economy, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities informed guests that the Government is publishing its response to the consultation.
The speech is available at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/speeches/home-sec-equality-speech
To read the government’s response to the consultation please click HERE