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CALLING ALL LONDON WOMEN AND WOMEN'S ORGANISATIONS! WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Women and girls make up 50% of London's population of 8.97 million people but have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. For example: 

  • Lockdown measures have exacerbated women and girls' experiences of male violence and abuse, and shut down routes to safety and support.
  • Job losses and reduced hours caused by the pandemic fell harder on women, exacerbating the higher levels of poverty that women - particularly Black, Asian, minorities and migrant women - face.
  • The unemployment rate for women has increased by more than that for men - potentially as a result of the fact that women were a third more likely than men to work in a sector that was shut down due to Covid-19. 
  • Organisations supporting women in London have been working in an extremely challenging environment with an increase in demand, an increasing complexity of need and greater strains on frontline workers supporting women. The longer-term impacts of the pandemic on women's incomes, mental health and safety, coupled with the fact that many organisations could only partly meet this demand during the pandemic, even with emergency funding, means that any more shortfalls could be disastrous. 

GET YOUR VOICE HEARD AND HAVE YOUR SAY ON HOW THE GLA CAN TACKLE INEQUALITIES IN LONDON, INCLUDING YOUR VIEWS ON CHILDCARE PROVISION, FINANCIAL INEQUALITY AND THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE WOMEN'S SECTOR.

We invite all women living in London and women's led by and for women's organisations in London to a 2-part event on inequalities faced by women and girls in London. 

In this second event, we will be holding a forum on living standards and financial inequality, labour market inequality and civil society strength. We will be discussing:

  • How do we build a local safety net which is sufficiently generous and flexible to enable women to withstand financial shocks and crises?
  • How do we create and protect women’s jobs in London? How do we address the impact of the employment crisis on women?
    • Childcare
    • London Living Wage
    • Universal Credit
  • What do women’s organisations need to ensure their sustainability?

We know that 1 hour is not enough time to fully explore these issues together. We are also conducting a survey to gather evidence to submit to the GLA to supplement these sessions which will give you space to contribute anything else you wish to say.

Views will be shared (anonymously) with the London Recovery Board to shape an action plan on tackling inequalities. This is your chance to get your voice heard on issues affecting women in London, and hold those in power accountable.

Chair: Vivienne Hayes MBE

Booking for this event has now closed.