Women's Commission

Women's Commission

The purpose of Bristol's Women's Commission and its members.

Key purpose

The Mayor of Bristol acknowledges that:

  • equality of women and men is a fundamental right
  • to ensure this equality, multiple discrimination and disadvantage must be addressed
  • the balanced participation of women and men in decision making is a pre-requisite of a democratic society
  • the Equality Act 2010 requires public bodies to identify and address the impact of their policies, plans and practices on women

However, women in Bristol don't have equality of opportunity in work, public, social or family life. Bristol won't meet its vision and achieve its full potential if the experience, know-how, skills and creativity of women aren't fully taken into account.

The purpose of the Women's Commission is to work as a partnership to identify the key issues for women in Bristol and to produce an agreed Women's Strategy for Bristol, with a specific, time limited and practical action plan for its delivery.

The Women's Commission has established multi-agency task groups from members' organisations and other organisations and individuals in the city:

  • Women's Safety
  • Women's Representation in Public Life
  • Women's Health
  • Women and the Economy
  • Women in Business

These groups produce in-depth reports with evidence and recommendations which are fed back to the Women's Commission. Accepted recommendations form part of the action plan.

The Bristol Women's Strategy will be the mechanism by which the City demonstrates its progress on meeting the obligations of the European Municipalities and Regions Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.

Bristol Women's Commission supporting information

Bristol, a zero tolerance city

The Women's Commission is leading the campaign for Bristol to become a city with zero tolerance to gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation.

City leaders and major employers across the city are invited to lead by example by signing a Pledge to commit to taking at least one action to promote zero tolerance. Organisations will be encouraged to choose from a range of actions, such as:

  • implementing domestic and sexual violence policies and strategies
  • raising awareness of gender-based violence through staff training
  • encouraging bystanders to report violence and abuse of friends and family

For further information visit Bristol Women's Voice.

Bristol Women in Business Charter

The Women in Business group have released a Women in Business Charter.

The aim of this charter is to support businesses in becoming gender equal. All Bristol businesses can sign up and support the charter.

Members of the Women's Commission

  • Alex Nestor : Director of HR Weston Area Health Trust/ University Hospitals Bristol 
  • Jacqui Jensen : Executive Director Adults, Children and Education at Bristol City Council
  • Councillor Jude English : Green Party Councillor 
  • Councillor Margaret Hickman : Labour Party Councillor 
  • Diane Bunyan : Trustee of Bristol Women’s Voice 
  • Lorna Dallimore: DI Avon and Somerset Police 
  • Donna Whitehead : Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean Business School, University of West of England 
  • Helen Mott: Fawcett Society 
  • Jackie Beavington: Programme Manager Public Health, Bristol City Council 
  • Jana Smidkova: Assistant Director, City of Bristol College
  • Theresa Hussey:  City of Bristol College
  • Joanne Kaye: Regional Secretary of UNISON
  • Judith Squires: Pro:Vice Chancellor of Bristol University 
  • Kalpna Woolf: 91 Ways
  • Prof Jane Harrington: Deputy Vice Chancellor at University, West of England 
  • Sandra Meadows: CEO of Voscur 
  • Sarah Pullen: Regional Commercial Director of Trinity Mirror 
  • Stephanie Marshall : Head Regional and Local BBC West 
  • Sue Arrowsmith: Project Manager for First West of England 
  • Sumita Hutchison: Non:Executive Director Bristol Community Health/ Race Equality Commission 
  • Teresa Sullivan: Improvement Officer, University Hospital Bristol 
  • Joanne Butler : Head Teacher of Cotham School 
  • Cllr Harriet Bradley: Bristol Labour Councillor 
  • Sue Moss: Health Improvement Project Worker, Bristol City Council 
  • Helen Godwin: Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Young People, and Lead Member of Children’s Services 
  • Isabel Tobias: Head Teacher of Red Maid’s School
  • Jane Ginnever: Founding Director of SHIFT