ISR Public Event: 18th March 2020


With regret we announce that this event has been cancelled on the basis of advice about coronavirus.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling –
Can Devolution Deliver?

A half-day conference on Women,
Politics and Leadership in Liverpool City Region

In 2018, the 100th anniversary of (some) women getting the vote and being allowed to stand for Parliament saw a surge in interest in the roles women play in Westminster politics and public life today.

At the time, less media attention was paid to other aspects of politics.

The Government’s devolution agenda has  created new structures – the Combined Authorities – which have the power to make local policy, influence national policy and provide a political space for women to be represented, to be heard and to lead.

Facing up to this challenge, the Liverpool City Region established policies, a  Fairness and Social Justice Advisory  board and an ambitious programme of work to explore issues of gender balance and representation.

This conference is part of that initiative.

The day will see the launch of  a report – Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Can Devolution Deliver ? – by Paula Keaveney of Edge Hill University looking in depth at the local situation and making recommendations for change. And it will include key speaker Steve Rotheram, the Liverpool City Region Mayor.

And there will be plenty of discussion about what next steps we could individually or jointly take to make progress.

This event, which will involve young people’s views as well as a panel of women involved in politics, is aimed at women in politics, women thinking about politics, academics, think tanks and others.

It is a partnership between Edge Hill University’s Institute of Social Responsibility, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, The Fairness and Social Justice Board of the LCRCA,  TUC North West,  IPPR North and Blackburne House

This event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020

Programme: schedule is subject to change

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome from Edge Hill University’s Institute of Social Responsibility
10:10 Introducing the project – Cllr Carla Thomas, deputy CA portfolio holder for Policy, Reform and Resources and an elected member of Sefton MBC.
10:20 What the research has shown – the report.  Paula Keaveney, Edge Hill University
10:40 Panel of local women involved in Politics/Trade Unions/Public Life
11:10 The Wider Context.
11:30 Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor – Steve Rotheram.  Including opportunities to ask questions
12:00 Young voices, young views
12:30 Networking and refreshments

Venue: Wilson Centre (building 19 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed – With regret we announce that this event has been postponed on the basis of advice about coronavirus.

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