Equalities & Diversity

Learning, Support & Development

This briefing paper summarises the Women Take Part (WTP) findings in relation to the learning, support and development opportunities available to women

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 Equalities & Diversity

Women's Journeys

This Briefing Paper summarises the WTP findings in relation to a model of women’s journeys to being active, critical citizens

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 Equalities & Diversity

Organisations and Structures

This Briefing Paper summarises the WTP findings in relation to organisations supporting women’s involvement in public life and presents a typology or continuum of organisational steps

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 Equalities & Diversity

Closing the Gap

This Briefing Paper brings together the two models developed in the research to form a framework which illustrates the relationship between women’s development and organisational change (see papers below)

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 Equalities & Diversity

INSIDE/OUTSIDE women's art exhibition

An unusual show of mixed media art works reflecting the emotional, intellectual and social journeys of nine emerging artists from the Black Country and Birmingham who came together as IMPACT! ‘Women Active in Community and Public Life’ as part of the Active Learning for Active Citizenship learning programme.

This exhibition was at Bantock House, Wolverhampton in September but if you missed it don’t worry – it was hugely successful and details of the tour will be here as soon as they are known.

Artists: Pauline Callaghan, Nusrat Javaid, Nazia Kausar, Rose Busby, Shahida Chaudhry, Rani Gundhu, Sue Ralph, Rakhyia Begum, Di Drew

Coordinating artist: Sue Challis: ms.challis@btopenworld.com

A flagship Arts Council funded project

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 Equalities & Diversity

Women Take Part

Click here to visit our webpage hosting the Closing the gap and other women take part reports.

There is a power gap in our institutions and workplaces. Women are much less likely than men to reach the top of their professions. Only 10% of directorships of FTSE 100 companies are held by women. In today’s workplace requesting flexible working can still spell career death for many women. Instead they often have to ‘trade down’ when they take on caring roles and then lose out on the top jobs.

When it comes to political representation the situation is no better. Currently less than 20% of MPs are female, and at the current rate of change it will take up to 200 years to achieve an equal number of men and women in the Westminster Parliament.

For certain groups of women, for example ethnic minority women, their representation is even lower.The power gap needs to be closed, with true representation for all groups of women, including ethnic minority women, disabled women, lesbians, and women of all ages and faiths. Shared power would be an important sign of gender equality – it will show us that we have managed to complete the social revolution

In 2007- 2008 changes undertook research for the Government Equalities Office to produce guidance on models, approaches and resources which can be used to encourage, equip and support women who are currently under represented, to become more active, both formally and informally, in governance structures and other aspects of both civic and civil life.

This work followed on from the work that we had been involved in as part of Take Part.

Where Take Part started… In 2004 the Civil Renewal Unit (now part of the Department of Communities and Local Government) set up the Active Learning for Active Citizenship (ALAC) programme, bringing together seven regional ‘hubs’ all based on existing community learning programmes.

The hubs took very different routes to ‘citizenship learning’, yet shared similar values and principles: social justice, participation, equality, diversity and cooperation. The programmes were all about creating opportunities for people to use their knowledge and capacity to shape their lives and their communities. It is widely acknowledged that many people feel disengaged and unable to exert influence on the wider world they live in; they support democracy as a principle but do not see or feel it in action in their everyday lives.

The regional hub organisations who took part in the pilot have formed the National Take Part Network and created the Take Part Learning Framework to share their good practice and guidance for other learning providers.

changes has been involved in this work from the beginning through the West Midlands/Black Country Hub and we have produced an evaluation of our work on ‘Impact! – Women Active in Community and Public Life’ programme (available in pdf format)

The Impact Evaluation Report (8 pages; 237kb)

The Original Report on Women, Leadership, Participation & Involvement (30 pages; 928kb)

Monday, July 17th, 2006 Equalities & Diversity

Gender and Power: who runs Britain?

According to the Equal Opportunities Commission 2006 survey of women’s representation in positions of power, at the current rate it will take:

  • 20 years to achieve equality in civil service top management
  • 40 years to achieve an equal number of senior women in the judiciary
  • Up to 200 years – another 40 elections – to achieve an equal number of women in Parliament!!!

Download a copy of the Sex & Power report

Monday, June 26th, 2006 Equalities & Diversity