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Devolution and women’s disadvantage: Tackling women and girl’s multiple disadvantage at a regional level

This briefing builds on the findings of Breaking Down The Barriers: The Final Report of The Commission Into Women’s Domestic And Sexual Violence And Multiple Disadvantage.
This report identified the need for gender and trauma-informed responses that understand the interconnected experiences women face when seeking help for violence and abuse, mental ill health, substance use, homelessness and motherhood.
Following this publication, Agenda and AVA worked with Greater Manchester Combined Authority
officials, women’s sector organisations and women with lived experience in Greater Manchester
(GM) to understand how the Commission’s recommendations could be achieved across the region.
This work has informed the recommendations for change at the regional level set out in this briefing.
This work has been funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales.

Who is this briefing for?

This briefing is aimed at decision makers, combined authorities, metro mayors and local authorities
working to improve local government approaches to tackling multiple disadvantage in the lives of
women and girls across England. It is particularly focused on metro mayoral regions, but will be of use
for decision makers across local government with strategic decision-making responsibilities.

What does this briefing cover?

  • Co-production and working with experts by experience
  • Data collection
  • Strategic responses
  • Commissioning and funding for gender and trauma-informed practice
  • COVID-19 response and recovery to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged women and girls.

Launch event 20th July 2021 recording

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