The Women and the Cuts toolkit is out now!
In April this year Coventry Women’s Voices launched Unravelling Equality: A Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment of the Spending Cuts on Women in Coventry.
The report showed that the cuts to jobs, welfare benefits and public services were eading to greater inequality between women and men in Coventry. For some women, particularly lone parents, disabled women, BAME women, carers and women victims and survivors of violence the combination of a series of different cuts were likely to have a severe impact on their human rights.
Since we launched the report we have been contacted by a large number of groups wanting to do something similar in their area. Earlier this month Bristol Fawcett launched a report on the impact of the cuts on women in Bristol which drew on our work in Coventry.
Now, working in partnership with the TUC we have launched the Women and the Cuts toolkit to enable women’s groups and trade unions to carry out a Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment of the cuts in their city or town.
The toolkit looks at the impact of the cuts in eleven key areas:
- Education and training
- Welfare reform
- Social care
- Services for children and young people (and their families)
- Legal aid
- Violence against women
- Women’s voluntary organisations
For each area it provides an over-view of what cuts are happening and how these cuts will affect women, including the impact on specific groups of women such as BAME women or disabled women. It then shows how to research the likely local impact of these cuts, giving links to sources of national data that can be broken down by area, suggestions for where to look for local data and a guide to carrying out local consultations.
The toolkit also contains guides to promoting the findings of local research through campaigning, lobbying and media work.
Unions and voluntary groups will be able to use this toolkit to provide evidence of what the cuts will mean for women in their area. With many of the cuts having been devolved to local councils, primary care trusts and other local public bodies this local evidence is vital to highlight what the impact on women will be in practice.