Businesses from across Greater Manchester gave their backing to the launch of the new Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard at Greater Manchester Chamber today (6th February).
The launch, which was co-ordinated by the Chamber and Manchester Metropolitan University, called on employers and employees to pledge their support in tackling gender inequality in Greater Manchester.
The scorecard is designed to evaluate the current state of affairs for women, while helping to identify the scale and type of change needed to overcome gender inequality in the region. It will be used to conduct annual reviews of gender equality data with the goal of achieving equality across all areas by 2028 - the centenary of equal franchise. The scorecard is named after Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett, two iconic figures who were among the first leaders of the campaign for women’s suffrage.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Helen Pankhurst, convenor, said the scorecard was an opportunity for people to counteract negativity by doing something positive.
She added: “We’re not trying to change the world, but we are trying to change Greater Manchester. If Greater Manchester is a better place for women to live in it becomes a better place for all.”
Other speakers at the launch included Dr Kate Cook from Manchester Metropolitan University; Councillor Eve Holt, Founder of Diva Manc; Gemma Nash from Breakthrough UK; Caroline Pankhurst, Founder of Be Braver and youth campaigners from schools and universities in Manchester.
Stella Bowdell, Director of Membership & Events at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said Greater Manchester was justly proud of its heritage of strong women, but there was still much more work to be done. She pointed out that the region is strong in Tech, Engineering and Construction as employment options, yet all three sectors are still struggling to attract and retain women as employees.
Talking about GM4Women2028’s call for action from employers, she added: “We want employers and employees to make a pledge to do things differently in their own organisation. It is about creating the right culture, where employees feel supported and comfortable to call out the wrong behaviours and lead by example.”
The launch event continued with a gathering at the “Our Emmeline” statue (pictured) at 1 St Peter’s Square, Manchester.
Following the launch of the scorecard, people living and working in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to pledge their support by using the hashtag #GM4Women2028 on Twitter and stating what action they will take for equality. Supporters can also help by joining the group, sharing the scorecard and commenting on the statistics.
The full scorecard is available at www.GM4Women2028.org.