Based on insight from a series of Power Circles with over 150 cross-sector female leaders into how to build forward better, the report details three ‘asks’ that will set a precedent in a post-pandemic world for a more inclusive and progressive culture.
These are for female leaders to be invited to the table, invested in and for future talent to also be supported.
Women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and the report aims to amplify their voices and prevent widening inequality.
“Endorsed by Dame Julie Kenny DBE DL, we hope that this report will encourage individuals, organisations, policy makers and Government to advocate and support us as we rewrite the rules.”
The report includes representation from a wide-range of cross sector organisations including CBI North East, Liverpool Football Club, KPMG, EY British Business Bank, Arriva and National Nuclear Laboratory.
Launching in the middle of National Inclusion Week, the publication spotlights inspiring stories of plans for the future as well as initiatives that have already begun. As the Women Count report, Melinda Gates and several others have found women offer a vital solution to the economic recovery we are facing and therefore, it is imperative to make sure that our skills and expertise are made proper use of. This approach must be set in motion now, not in the distant future.
The Covid Changemakers campaign will provide welcome relief to businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, creating paid work for talented but under-utilised individuals. The Northern Power Futures podcast has and will continue to provide a much-needed resource for the young to voice their hopes, fears and dreams in light of the pandemic.
Simone explained “In essence this report shows that despite perceived barriers and challenges we have created a network of supportive and awe-inspiring women who have mobilised to create positive change. We are a hopeful organisation, galvanised by a common purpose. We see the Global Pandemic and the Levelling Up Agenda as a once in a generation opportunity to build a society and a future for the North which is based on fairness, equality and inclusion.”
I want to work with them to amplify their voices and improve representation at all levels.”
“At Northern Powerhouse Partnership we recognise the roles our female leaders – including Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and Cllr Susan Hinchliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority – are playing in managing the challenges of local restrictions, alongside many leading chief executives in local government and those Northerners playing a national role, like Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England.
As we re-build we believe that everyone has a part to play and we need to do more to ensure all voices are heard and that inclusion is at the heart of the recovery. We have gathered those voices from across the North in order to build forward better, create sustainable change whilst supporting the next generation.
Northern Power Women have a part to play in how we Level Up and Power On and ask you to take action. #WeAreNPW #NPWReport
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