We work hard to create the space to engage with women making their voices audible in the places they are least heard.
Bristol Women’s Voice is working in the city to equip women with a basic knowledge of their pregnancy and maternity rights at work. Our Maternity Discrimination Project aims to provide disadvantaged women with access to information on their legal rights and help reduce financial and emotional stress caused as a result of discrimination. The project aims to reduce the number of women losing their jobs as a result of maternity discrimination and help women return to work after maternity leave.
Alongside the Women’s Commission Health Task Group, Bristol Women’s Voice is an advocate for the health of women and girls in our city. We are raising the profile of women’s specific health issues and believe a gendered approach to all aspects of health must be taken by our city’s leaders. We are currently focusing on mental health and well-being and running a series of sessions with women and girls around the city.
In summer 2019 Bristol Women’s Voice launched the City Listening Project supported by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to ensure the voices of women, particularly those that frequently go unheard, contribute to better policy-making. The GEO was particularly keen to hear from women facing multiple barriers including those in low paid employment, BAME women and disabled women. The City Listening Project report is available and can be found here.
Our Women’s Question Time events are organised in Bristol for all local and national elections. We invite women from across the city to put their questions to the politicians vying for their vote. These events are lively and
Bristol Zero Tolerance was run by Bristol Women’s Voice 2016-19 to tackle gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation across the city. The project worked in partnership with Bristol City Council and other key organisations to better help us achieve real change around gender-based violence issues. Bristol Zero Tolerance acted as an overarching initiative linking different strategies and bodies together and raising awareness about the related work happening in Bristol. We also encouraged Bristol-based organisations and city leaders to set a good example and sign up to our pledge to take positive action. The vision of the Zero Tolerance City initiative is for Bristol to become a city with a zero tolerance approach to all forms of gender-based violence and abuse.
Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone was set up in 2012 and aims to attract 17,000 jobs by 2037 focusing on hi-tech, creative and digital, low carbon and professional services. The zone is one of the biggest new developments in the UK. You can find more informa
Deeds Not Words was Bristol’s year-long celebration of 100 years since some women in the UK were granted the right to vote in 1918. In the early 20th Century, Bristol had the highest level of suffrage activity outside of London and the aim of this new programme was to learn from our shared history and to inspire future generations. Bristol Women’s Vo