Coventry Women’s Voices and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice will continue to work on the issues raised in the report
At the launch meeting Councillor Phil Townsend took copies of the executive summary to send to all members of the City Council. We have been asked to speak at a meeting of the full Council organised by Cllr Townsend in September.
We will be making a presentation about the findings of the report to the Equalites and Community Cohesion theme group of the Coventry Partnership on 20th July.
We have also been asked to speak at Coventry City Council joint Trade Union Side (including Unite, Unison, Ucatt, GMB and Teacher Trade Unions).
Coventry Women’s Voices will use the issues raised in the report as the basis for local lobbying and campaigning. CWV will be seeking meetings with the organisations responsible for the cuts detailed in the report to share concerns about their likely impact on women. The report will provide powerful evidence for CWV members to advocate on behalf of their organisation and the women they work with.
The report has been widely circulated among public sector and voluntary organisations across Coventry.
Coventry Women’s Voices Chair Mary-Ann Stephenson was invited by Fiona Mactaggart MP to present the findings of the report at a round table meeting she organised with Shadow Minister for Women Yvette Cooper MP and an invited group of women’s voluntary organisations. There was a very high level of interest in the report with many organisations wanting to know how they could replicate the assessment in their own areas.
On 22 Junewe held a parliamentary seminar with the Fawcett Society to present the findings of the report to MPs and national policy makers.
We are currently seeking funding to carry out the second stage of the project which will involve the production of a toolkit to assist other organisations who want to carry out similar research in their areas.