Welsh Gender Equality charity celebrates 25 years of helping women achieve and prosper

Wales can, and should be, a world leader in gender equality – that’s the message from Chwarae Teg Chief Executive Cerys Furlong today (Tuesday 5th December) as the charity celebrates its 25th anniversary.  Cerys Furlong said that, as a small nation, Wales has a real opportunity to take action to tackle the barriers and address the challenges that face women and become a world leader.  She said that the economy and society as a whole would benefit from women being empowered to play a full role in the economy and achieve their potential.

Chwarae Teg is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a ‘Festival in a Day’ for schools and the local community.  The festival in a day, which is being held at the Tramshed in Grangetown, Cardiff, will feature a range of interactive workshops so that young women can try their hand at a variety of careers such as construction, broadcasting and computer coding.  The event will also feature a series of inspirational speakers and performances.

Chwarae Teg Chief Executive, Cerys Furlong, said:

“Our mission at Chwarae Teg is to inspire, lead and deliver gender equality.  Since 1992 we’ve been working to help ensure that women in Wales can enter the workplace, develop their skills and build rewarding careers. While much has changed in the 25 years since Chwarae Teg came into being, there is still a lot of work to be done before women can play a full role in our economy.  The gender pay gap still stands at almost 15% overall in Wales, but is as high as 30% in some sectors and in some parts of Wales. Women are most likely to be in part-time employment – in Wales 80% of part time workers are women.  And 44% of lone parents – of whom we know the majority are women – are living in poverty. 

“It is my firm belief that this gender inequality is not inevitable. With the right action to tackle barriers and address challenges, Wales can become a world leader in this field.  In order for women to able to play a full role in the economy we need a cultural change in how we view many different aspects of women’s lives. There needs to be more support around child care with a shift towards shared parental leave.  We need to see real action in tackling the gender pay gap so that women are paid fairly for the work that they do, that all careers are valued and that women are able to access the highest paid positions.  In schools we need to show our children that there should be no difference between the aspirations and ambitions of boys and girls and female role models must become as visible as male ones.  Employers across the private, public and third sector need to take action to ensure that women can access all careers and are able to progress to the most senior levels. Chwarae Teg begins the next 25 years striving to ensure that Wales is leading the way by delivering gender equality for all.”