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Petition to Coventry City Council to secure a Cabinet Member for Women

We the undersigned petition the Council to Secure a Cabinet Member for Women within Coventry City Council with the commitment to improve outcomes and the lived experiences for women across the city.

Emerging from a pandemic and into a cost-of-living crisis means women across the city continue to face increased financial instability and multiple disadvantages that have significant impact on their lives, and there continues to be increased demand on services across Coventry Women’s Partnership.

“The inflation rate for July 2022 was 10.1%, reaching a 40-year record. The increase in the price of food, energy and transport has had a negative impact on the most vulnerable households. Due to lower wages and savings, women are less prepared to face the rise in the cost of living.” WBG (2022) The Cost Crisis: A Gendered Analysis.

Coventry Women’s Partnership is launching the petition to lobby that a Cabinet Member for Women is a much-needed strategic requirement to scrutinise policies, processes, and services across the local authority with a clear gender informed perspective.

“Women are generally the shock absorbers of poverty. Within families, women are more likely to oversee the household budget and cut food, heating, or clothing for themselves to provide for children and other household members. Also, cuts in public services are generally replaced by women’s unpaid labour, with women the providers of last resort.” WBG (2022) The Cost Crisis: A Gendered Analysis.

A Cabinet Member for Women will be a spokesperson for women across communities in Coventry and be supportive of specialised women’s services. They will lead on developing Council policy with a meaningful gender informed approach, will make recommendations and provide guidance to the wider Cabinet, all with the commitment to improving outcomes and the lived experiences for women across the city.

This ePetition runs from 08/03/2023 to 30/06/2023.

150 people have signed this ePetition.