It was standing room only by the end of our meeting with the Fawcett Society in Westminster last week. During the discussion it became clear that what we have done in Coventry is unique. Fawcett and others have shown how the cuts will imapct on women unfairly, but I think Unravelling Equality is the first report to show in detail what the cuts will mean to women in one city.
It is the combination of cuts that will be most devestating. Because many women won’t just be hit by a single cut; they will experience cuts in welfare benefits, in local services, in health, in services from voluntary groups all at once. And women in this situation are more likely to need legal advice and help – at a time when legal aid is being slashed.
At Coventry Women’s Voices we need to do two things: use our report locally to stand up for the women who will be hardest hit by the cuts and share what we have done with other women’s organisations across the country so that our report becomes the first of many.