Women and Girls' Equality Panel

The Women and Girls’ Equality Panel brings together a 20-strong group of diverse and informed women from across our 10 boroughs with the aim of accelerating gender equality, enabling women and girls to live their best life in Greater Manchester.

After meeting for the first time on December 7, 2020, the panel are working to understand issues and inequalities affecting women and girls' lives and recognise their experience of COVID.

Through their work the panel will advise on new policies and activities, ensuring that gender equality is actively considered by GMCA and public services in decisions made to help make the city-region a better place to live, work, study and do business.

The panel wants all women and girls, across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, to have equality of opportunity to start well, live well and age well, and ensure that a differentiated approach is adopted where appropriate.

Members meet on a quarterly basis and are developing a detailed two-year action plan ensuring a focus on priority areas for intervention in addressing gender inequality within Greater Manchester. The Panel has agreed to initially focus on two areas: Education, Skills and Employment, and Gender Based Abuse.

The panel is co-chaired by GMCA Portfolio Lead for Equalities and Ageing and Tameside Council Leader, Brenda Warrington, and Pam Smith, Chief Executive of Stockport Council and GMCA Chief Executive Portfolio Lead for Equalities and Ageing. Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, Bev Hughes is also be a core member. 

Panel members:

  • Brenda Warrington, Leader, Tameside Council (joint chair)
  • Pam Smith, Chief Executive, Stockport Council (joint chair)
  • Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Amy Rothwell – Boo Coaching & Consulting, Women’s Housing Action Group, Bolton Maternity Voices Partnership
  • Annie Emery – Manchester Action on Street Health
  • Elizabeth Stanley – Wraparound Partnership
  • Francesca Gains – University of Manchester
  • Gail Heath – Pankhurst Trust
  • Gemma Aitchinson – YES matters
  • Halyma Begum
  • The Reverend Canon Jean Hurlston – Borough Dean for Oldham, Chaplain at Ashton Sixth Form College & Tameside Hospital
  • Lynn Collins – North West Trades Union Congress
  • Lynne Stafford - Gaddum Centre
  • Memory Nyahunzwi – Olive Pathway
  • Nadia Ali – Heaton Norris Community Centre & Make a Difference Community Group
  • Rebecca Steele – Rochdale & District Mind
  • Sandyha Sharma – Safety4Sisters North West
  • Sharon Maginn
  • Taslima Ahmed – Creative Design & Manufacture UK
  • Vic Stewart

Further information on the panel can be found below:

If you would like further information on the panel please email womenandgirls@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk