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Rotherham - working together for women
Rotherham Women's Strategy
This is an exciting time for women in Rotherham, as the borough's Women's Strategy is being reviewed and updated, again through a partnership approach.
The launch of the initial strategy formed part of Rotherham's first Women's Equality Conference on 5 March 2008, held at Silverwood Miners' Welfare Centre, Dalton. This has now become an annual event as part of Rotherham's International Women's Day celebrations and presents an ideal opportunity for partners to come together and share learning and good practice.
Why we have a women's strategy for Rotherham
The strategy aims to make sure the needs of women are identified and addressed, as many key plans and policies do not really take account of any differences in needs and priorities between women and men.
Research and statistics show that there are still many arenas where women experience inequality and disadvantage due to their gender, and in addition women face further discrimination due to factors such as age, sexuality, disability, ethnicity or faith.
Another important aim is to make sure that women's achievements and contributions in all fields are recognised and celebrated.
In addition, from April 2007 there was a new gender equality duty in place to eliminate sex discrimination and to promote equality between women and men. This has now been replaced by the broader Public Sector Equality Duty which still promotes gender equality, meaning that public bodies including the Council have to demonstrate that they treat women and men fairly with regard to policy making, public services and employment practices.
The work on the Public Sector duty will address issues for both women and men and the women's strategy is contributing towards this. Other work is addressing some of the areas where men and boys experience disadvantage.
We welcome your feedback and comments on the final strategy. Please e-mail your comments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or print off the feedback form and post it back, the freepost address is on the form.
The strategy and related forms can be viewed in the downloads area.
Links to our partners' websites:
- Apna Haq
- Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
- NHS Rotherham
- Rotherham Ethnic Minorities Alliance (REMA)
- Rotherham Partnership
- Rotherham Women's Refuge
- South Yorkshire Police
- United Multi Cultural Centre (UMCC)
- Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR)
- Women in Business
Our learning group developed two easy to use self assessment tools. These help people to measure either how self confident they feel or how assertive they feel. Some people find them helpful to use before and after doing a course or learning activity so that they can see the difference this has made for their confidence or skills.
Last update: 12/03/2013
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