First Women & Girls Forum a great sucess
What a successful event we had this morning! Over 70 women from all over Leeds and from all walks of life, joined us to help identify the priorities for women and girls in Leeds.
Over 70 women from across Leeds, from all walks of life, came together this morning. They worked together to identify the priorities to make Leeds the best city for women and girls.
The Forum was organised by Women’s Lives Leeds and is part of
Leeds City Council’s Equalities Assembly. The Forum is the city’s platform for women and girls to come together to discuss issues they face.
The conference room at the Leeds Church Institute was packed out with women
of all ages, representing themselves and organisations, to discuss and prioritise the issues that women and girls experience.
Group activities took place to give attendees the opportunity to put forward any areas they felt need addressing in the city. With over 30 items on the list – ranging from employment and safety, to empowerment and education – everyone was then asked to pick their top 3 priorities.
This activity took place alongside a networking opportunity, giving women the space to meet other women working to empower women and girls.
Viv, an attendee explained “In all my years in Leeds, I have never been to an event where there are so many women coming together to make sure voices are heard! And I only knew 1 woman in the room, what a fantastic opportunity to meet others!”
The result of this activity identified the top 3 priorities for women in Leeds as: Employment, Safety and Violence Against Women. These issues will now be tackled by the Forum going forward.