Coventry Women’s Voices is keen to get in touch with anyone who can help with a new report on the impact of the spending cuts on older women in Coventry,.
Last year Coventry Women’s Voices and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick published Unravelling Equality: a human rights and equality impact assessment of the spending cuts on women in Coventry.
The report had a significant impact. It was quoted in two parliamentary debates, widely reported in the media and has been used by women’s voluntary organisations, councillors and others when considering the impact of the spending cuts. It has been used as a model for a similar report in Bristol (Cutting women out in Bristol, published by Bristol Fawcett). Coventry Women’s Voices worked with the TUC to publish a toolkit based on the report which is currently being used by a number of women’s groups and unions across the UK to carry out their own impact assessments.
Unravelling Equality highlighted the likely impact of the spending cuts on women, but at the time it was published many of the cuts had yet to take effect. Coventry Women’s Voices and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice now want to look at the actual impact on individual women and groups. We plan to do this through a series of reports focussing in different groups of women (older women, young women, BAME women, lone parents, disabled women and so on). Each of these reports will be based on the experience of women in Coventry but as with Unravelling Equality the findings will be relevant to the UK as a whole.
Our first report will focus on older women in Coventry. Coventry Women’s Voices is keen to hear from individuals and groups who would like to contribute to the report. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @coventrywomen