Achievements and highlights.

In November (2015), we hosted a roundtable discussion for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, which we ran in partnership with FSB Wales and University of South Wales.

The Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt AM, joined 20 business women at this event to discuss the value of female entrepreneurs to public life as part of her consultation on Equality on Public Boards.

In the news.

Contributed to a news item for the Western Mail ( study, 28% of women and 24% of men had received no employer-arranged training in the last 12 months ).

We also shared our Briefing paper on Apprenticeships (PDF) with Assembly Members ahead of a plenary debate which has led to some work with the Welsh Government to tackle occupational segregation in apprenticeships.

‘The Missing Majority’.

We met with Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty to discuss the work we’ve been doing on our latest research report — A Woman’s Place in Housing — which will be launched in February at our conference: The Missing Majority, Encouraging Women into Leadership in the Third Sector.

Our research team has also made some serious progress on our first Agile Nation 2 research project, which will explore ways of working and organisational culture in the 9 priority sectors.

We joined partners from across Europe at a the European Gender Summit in Berlin and heard a presentation of the research we carried out for the — Women in Science Task and Finish group, on women in STEM in Wales —.

The presentation shared lots of good practice in Wales including a number of Chwarae Teg initiatives.

We’re now looking forward to the Wales launch which we expect will take place at some point in 2016.

In addition…

We are developing a paper on gender and transport, which will look at differences in transport use between men and women, particularly focusing on travel-to-work patterns.

Last but not least…

We have secured some funding from the Department for Economy, Science and Transport to progress the agenda in Wales for women’s enterprise.

This work will allow us to build stronger relationships with Business Wales and support more women to start their own business.