Women's equality in public services

Women's Equality in Public Services event

Researching and organising for the future

On 17 September 2015, UWE hosted a conference to bring gender equality researchers, practitioners, trade union and independent activists actively engaged in the field of equalities work. The event was jointly sponsored by CESR, Bristol Leadership Centre and Fair Play South West Gender Network.

The conference aims were to:

  • Take stock of the prospects for women under new government in the current political climate
  • Identify opportunities and challenges for making a future for women who rely on public services in the SW, through local, national or international networks
  • Generate and contribute to plans and ideas for research and activism for promoting equality for women in public services
  • Share new research into the impact of the Public Sector Equality Duty including good practice
  • Identify areas for future research to support and strengthen it beyond the 2016 review


Details of the organisations represented at the conference, along with the speakers' presentations, can be found by following the links below.

Gender Equality in Public Services: Chasing the Dream – Setting the context

Where are we now - Taking stock

Prospects for Women under the Present Government

Protecting and using the law

Organising locally

Promoting equality in public services: Celebrating success

Using international and transnational policies and protocols for local change

Next Steps

Many of you at the book launch expressed interest in exploring how we as researchers can support gender equality practice in public services these times of austerity. We would like to hear from you if you would like to explore scope for research collaborations or to develop research ideas with you and your organisation. Please contact us:

Margaret.Page@uwe.ac.uk or Hazel.Conley@uwe.ac.uk

Contact details

Margaret Page and Hazel Conley
Bristol Business School
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol, BS16 1QY

Please e-mail in the first instance:



Gender Equality in Public Services: Chasing the dream

Chasing the Dream book cover

About the book

Please visit the publisher's web site to access a chapter by chapter overview of the contents of the book launched at the conference. For a 20% discount enter the code GEIPS at checkout.

For a summary of research findings in the book, or for pre-publication draft chapters and to hear more about the research findings, please contact the authors.

Research Repository

An up to date list of publications can be found on the searchable UWE Research Repository. Please email authors direct to request copies. You can search by subject or author's name.

Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessments

A repository for equality impact assessment information can be found at The University of Warwick's Centre for Human Rights in Practice.

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