Women and Girls' Equality Panel

Women and Girls' Equality Panel

About Greater Manchester’s equality panels

The Greater Manchester Equality Panels have been established to advise, support and challenge Greater Manchester’s political leaders and policy-makers to tackle the discrimination and disadvantage that cause injustice and inequality in society, and champion Greater Manchester as an inclusive city-region. They do this by working together with the GMCA and partners to:

  • Provide insight into Greater Manchester’s diverse communities, enabling political leaders and public bodies to listen and engage in a more targeted and effective way
  • Communicate key messages to our communities as trusted sources
  • Codesign policies, programmes and strategies to ensure they work effectively for communities
  • Support an asset-based approach, highlighting new opportunities (and challenges) for positive collaboration that build on the resources and strengths within our communities

The Women and Girls’ Equality Panel is one of seven equality panels established and funded by the GMCA. Other equality panels include:

Disabled People’s Equality Panel (internal webpage)

Faith and Belief Advisory Panel (internal webpage)

LGBTQ+ Equality Panel (internal webpage)

Race Equality Panel (internal webpage)

Older People’s Equality Panel (internal webpage)

Youth Combined Authority (internal webpage)

Aims of the Women and Girls’ Equality Panel

The Women and Girls’ Equality Panel was established in December 2020. It aims to accelerate gender equality and ensure women and girls across Greater Manchester have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision-making.

The Panel meets four times a year, and aims to:

  • Advise the Mayor and GMCA on key issues and the inequalities facing women and girls, and provide solutions
  • Provide a critical voice and scrutinise the work of the Mayor and GMCA
  • Undertake specific pieces of work to reduce the inequalities experienced by women and girls in the city-region and across society

Working groups

The Women and Girl’s Equality Panel currently has two working groups, which meet every 6-8 weeks:

Education, Skills and Employment: Key themes the group explores are the foundational economy, childcare, skills pathways, what ‘good employment’ means, women’s self-employment and co-operatives, as well as care and commissioning.

Violence and Women and Girls Working Group: Key areas of focus for the group include gender-based violence, women’s safety in public spaces, victim support, sexual objectification, and migrant women with No Recourse to Public Funds.

The working groups will be discussing their forward plan and topics that will be discussed in the new year and updates to this will be made in the new year.

The current members are:

Panel Members and Organisation

  • Sally Carr – Co Chair
  • Emma Persand – Co Chair
  • Gemma Aitchison – VAWG Chair
  • Amy Rothwell 
  • Annie Emery
  • Angie Power
  • Elizabeth Stanley
  • Fiaza Manzoor
  • Gail Heath
  • Memory Nyahunzwi
  • Nadia Ali
  • Noor Al-Saffar
  • Taslima Ahmad
  • Vic Stewart
  • Shaneil Finlayson-Small
  • Lisa Rees-O'Donnell
  • Ellie Walsh
  • Erykah Blackburn
  • Shabana Sadiq
  • Paola Morris-Palomino
  • Amita Kanjee
  • Rachel Ward-Newton
  • Stefanie McDonald
  • Zoe Cox
  • Cordie Gwilym
  • Amy Fairbrother
  • Lucindy Osei
  • Samantha Dixon
  • Jasmine Mohammad

Facilitators and GMCA Leads

  • Hannah Hatton - GMCA
  • Anabel Butler - Pankhurt Trust
  • Eleanor Radford - Pankhurst Trust

Contact the Women and Girl’s Equality Panel

The Women and Girl’s Equality Panel is facilitated by The Pankhurst Trust (external website)

If you would like to keep up to date on the work of the Panel and subgroups, you can join our Allies Network. Just email womenandgirls@pankhursttrust.org and ask to sign up to our Basecamp. Through Basecamp we will share useful information about topics that affect women and girls in Manchester and ask you for your input.  

You can also keep up to date and get involved with the Women and Girl’s Equality Panel by following GM 4 Women 2028 on Twitter.

VAWG Workplan 2023 (docx, 37.7KB)

Position Statement Ceasefire in Palestine and Israel (docx, 73.2KB)

Women and Girls Equality Panel - Annual Report 2022/23. (docx, 927KB )

(Accessible) Women and Girls' Equality Panel - Annual Report 2021/22 (docx, 208KB)

Terms of Reference for the panel. Nov 23 (docx, 91.4KB)

Tackling gender and racial discrimination: A joint statement by GMCA, Mama Health & Poverty Partnership and Women's Resource Centre (PDF, 82KB)

Women and Girls' Equality Panel - Annual Report 2021/22 (PDF, 288Kb)

Position statement against the closure of rail ticket offices 2023 (internal webpage)