What will Welsh political parties do to help build a Wales where women achieve and prosper?
We’ve taken a gender lens to the manifestos of the 6 main political parties:- Welsh Conservatives, Wales Green Party, Welsh Labour, Welsh Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and UKIP Wales – to consider how their different approaches will help to build a Wales where women achieve and prosper.
Among their pledges the Welsh Conservatives plan to increase the amount of free childcare for parents of 3 & 4 year olds to 30 hours per week, work to promote gender balance in apprenticeships and encourage the growth of part-time, distance and flexible course options in Further & Higher Education.
Wales Green Party.
The Wales Green Party would create a free universal early education and childcare service from birth to the start of formal education, ensure that colleges and universities offer a free crèche service, and reinvest in part-time study.
Labour would increase the amount of free childcare for working parents of 3 & 4 year olds to 30 hours per week – for 48 weeks of the year, pilot a new model of Community Learning Centres which would see schools provide extended services from 8am to 6pm to include childcare and family learning, and take further action on the living wage and limit the use of zero hours contracts.
Welsh Liberal Democrats.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats would set up a minister-led commission to examine gender disparity in the Welsh workforce such as under-representation and pay gaps, offer 10 hours a week of free childcare to parents of children between 9 months and 2 years, and parents of 2 and 3 year olds and introduce multi-buy ticketing, part-time and off-peak season tickets to reduce the cost of commuting for part-time workers.
Plaid Cymru will work with voluntary organisations to improve the representation of women in politics, deliver free full-time childcare to all children over the age of 3 by the end of the next Assembly, and seek to deal with gender inequality in the workplace by promoting flexible working patterns, creating a mentorships scheme to increase the visibility of women in non-traditional occupations and introducing gender-balanced management boards in Welsh Government funded organisations.
UKIP Wales will improve carers’ access to support by sharing information on benefit and social care entitlements, support part-time provisions to widen access to higher education by incentivising institutions to offer part-time options and keep fees low, and will ensure that girls are not left behind in the provision of local sporting facilities.
There is much more in the manifestos and we would encourage everyone to take a look through them before you vote on May 5.
You can read the manifestos of the parties above in full at the following links: