‘Gender’ is missing from Street pledges
DEAR Editor, The almost total absence of women in the governance of the WMCA (Chris Game, Post, September 28) is mirrored by the almost complete absence of women and gender issues from its policies.
Take for example the Strategic Economic Plan. There is no mention of the gender inequalities that are rife in the West Midlands economy – in fact the word “gender” does not appear at all.
Similarly “gender” doesn’t appear in Andy Street’s mayoral election manifesto and its 229 policy “pledges”, and the only reference to women is in relation to sport.
The explanation does not lie fundamentally in the virtual exclusion of women from the board, though that urgently needs to change. It lies in the WMCA’s model of economic growth in which reducing the deep social inequalities in the West Midlands, which are reproduced by the functioning of its economy, is not an integral priority.
To seriously tackle them requires a very different approach: an economic strategy for inclusive growth that makes tackling inequalities central to its aims and performance measures. Richard Hatcher, Handsworth Wood,