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This month Chwarae Teg gathered a community listening group together, as part of the Cardiff Citizens #10kstories campaign.

In December 2012 Cardiff Citizens together with Vale of Glamorgan Citizens announced that they would create a new alliance of local community organisations that would act together for social justice and the common good. But first, an agenda must be agreed on. As part of this, community listening groups are popping up across Cardiff and Vale as a means of gathering 10k stories that reflect the issues putting pressure on people’s lives today.

Eight enthusiastic volunteers from a handful of organisations in and around Cardiff met at Chwarae Teg HQ to learn about the aims of Cardiff Citizens and the ways we could collaborate for the common good. Cardiff Citizens’ Jonathan Cox led a training session, equipping us with useful listening techniques and preparing us to go out into the community to gather the stories that matter.

Chwarae Teg’s Anwen Newman shares her experience:

The first community listening exercise took place at the Sanatan Dharma Mandal And Hindu Community Centre in Splott. Together with three other members of the listening group (Alice, Joan and Lucia) I arrived at the Hindu Community Centre late morning to a warm welcome from Sudha, our contact there.

Slowly the room began to fill with members of the local Hindu community, all regular users of the centre, and clearly close friends. Sudha introduced us to the room and gave a bit of background to the #10kstories campaign, before we opened up discussion with the question:

‘So, what would you like to change about your neighbourhood?’

Without hesitation, one by one, people began to share the struggles they were experiencing day-to-day living in Splott. One brought up the troublesome bus routes to the hospital, another mentioned the worry of cowboy builders whilst others agreed a shared taxi service would benefit everyone. Many other issues began to arise, a particularly popular one being the lack of sheltered accommodation for the elderly in the area, as the entire room rallied around the ‘common good’ cause.

photo 1A delicious aroma distracted us from furiously scribbling down the concerns people were voicing, until Sudha, first bringing the now heated discussion to a close, turned to us and invited us to stay for lunch. The tastes and textures immediately transported me back to India (I’d visited the region of Andhra Pradesh just a year ago) and quite naturally, earlier conversations were picked back up over the meal, ideas developed and even solutions were suggested.

With full recording sheets (and tummies) we took a quick photograph and went our separate ways. What a positive start to a great campaign.

At an event in September, all of our stories will be presented and the way forward decided in the form of the Cardiff & Vale Citizens agenda. I hope to be able to report back to the Hindu community in Splott that it’s good news and that their suggestions will soon be springing off the sheet into action.

If you’d like to participate in Wales’ largest ever community listening campaign, contact jonathan.cox@citizenswales.org.uk to arrange a Community Listening Event at your branch, congregation, school or community group.

 

 Y Gair ar y Stryd: Chwarae Teg yn gwrando ar y gymuned leol

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Y mis hwn, aeth Chwarae Teg ati i greu grŵp gwrando cymunedol fel rhan o ymgyrch #10kstories Dinasyddion Caerdydd/Citizens Cardiff.

Ym mis Rhagfyr 2012, cyhoeddodd Dinasyddion Caerdydd a Dinasyddion Bro Morgannwg y bydden nhw’n creu cynghrair newydd o sefydliadau cymunedol a fyddai’n gweithredu gyda’i gilydd i sicrhau cyfiawnder cymdeithasol a lles pawb. Ond yn gyntaf, rhaid cytuno ar agenda. Fel rhan o hyn, mae grwpiau gwrando cymunedol yn cael eu sefydlu ledled Caerdydd a’r Fro fel modd o grynhoi straeon 10k sy’n adlewyrchu’r materion sy’n rhoi pwysau ar fywydau pobl heddiw.

Cyfarfu wyth gwirfoddolwr brwdfrydig o lond llaw o sefydliadau yng Nghaerdydd a’r cyffiniau ym Mhencadlys Chwarae Teg i ddysgu am amcanion Dinasyddion Caerdydd a’r ffyrdd y gallen ni gydweithio er lles pawb. Arweiniodd Jonathan Cox o Dinasyddion Caerdydd sesiwn hyfforddi, gan gynnig technegau gwrando defnyddiol a’n paratoi ni i fynd allan i’r gymuned i gasglu’r straeon sydd o bwys.

Anwen Newman, Chwarae Teg, yn rhannu ei phrofiad:

Cynhaliwyd yr ymarfer gwrando cymunedol cyntaf yng Nghanolfan Gymuned Sanatan Dharma Mandal a Hindu yn y Sblot. Ynghyd â thair aelod arall o’r grŵp gwrando (Alice, Joan a Lucia), mi gyrhaeddais i’r ganolfan gymunedol ddiwedd y bore a chael croeso cynnes gan Sudha, ein cyswllt ni yno.

O dipyn i beth, dechreuodd yr ystafell lenwi gydag aelodau’r gymuned Hindŵaidd leol, defnyddwyr rheolaidd y ganolfan a ffrindiau agos. Cyflwynodd Sudha ni i’r ystafell a rhoi rhywfaint o gefndir yr ymgyrch #10kstories, cyn i ni ddechrau’r drafodaeth gyda’r cwestiwn:

‘Beth fyddech chi’n hoffi ei newid am eich ardal?’

Yn ddi-oed, un ar y tro, dechreuodd pobl rannu eu trafferthion wrth fyw yn y Sblot o ddydd i ddydd. Cyfeiriodd un at y llwybrau bws trafferthus i’r ysbyty, nododd un arall ei fod yn poeni am adeiladwyr diegwyddor ac mi gytunodd eraill y byddai gwasanaeth rhannu tacsi o fudd i bawb. Codwyd amryw o faterion eraill, megis y prinder llety gwarchod i bobl hŷn yn yr ardal, wrth i’r ystafell gyfan ystyried newidiadau a fyddai er lles pawb.

photo 1Wrth i ni nodi’r pryderon roedd pobl yn eu lleisio, tynnwyd ein sylw gan arogl hyfryd o gyfeiriad y gegin ac, ar ôl dod â’r sgwrs fywiog i ben, gwahoddodd Sudha ni i aros i gael cinio. Roedd y wledd o flas yn fy atgoffa i o India (bûm yn rhanbarth Andhra Pradesh flwyddyn yn ôl) ac, yn naturiol, trodd y sgwrs yn ôl at bryderon y bobl, a datblygwyd syniadau ac awgrymwyd atebion hyd yn oed.

 

Gyda thaflen gofnodi lawn (a stumog lawn), tynnwyd ffotograff sydyn ac fe wnaeth pawb ei throi am adre. Dechrau cadarnhaol iawn i ymgyrch wych.

Mewn digwyddiad ym mis Medi, byddwn ni’n cyflwyno ein holl straeon ac yn penderfynu ar y ffordd ymlaen ar ffurf agenda Dinasyddion Caerdydd a’r Fro. Rwy’n gobeithio y bydda i’n gallu rhoi newyddion da i’r gymuned Hindŵaidd yn y Sblot ac y bydd eu hawgrymiadau’n cael eu rhoi ar waith cyn bo hir.

Os hoffech gymryd rhan yn yr ymgyrch wrando gymunedol fwyaf erioed i’w chynnal yng Nghymru, cysylltwch â jonathan.cox@citizenswales.org.uk i drenu Digwyddiad Gwrando Cymunedol yn eich cangen, sefydliad, ysgol neu grŵp cymunedol chi.

Photography courtesy of Flickr user National Assembly for Wales

Photography courtesy of Flickr user National Assembly for Wales

At Chwarae Teg, the Wales we want by 2050, if not before, is one where women achieve and prosper. Despite progress women continue to work below their potential in low paid, part time work and face a range of barriers to entering and progressing in the workplace. Two key goals of the Future Generations Bill are to make Wales a more equal nation and to make Wales more prosperous and innovative. Ensuring that women can reach their full potential will help to achieve these goals benefiting women, families and the wider economy.

We think this can be achieved through 8 simple steps:

  1. Make Wales a world leader in modern workplace practices, building an agile Wales by encouraging employers to introduce modern workplace practices such as flexible and remote working and creating an environment in which innovative, modern workplaces can thrive
  1. Ensure that women are supported to progress by tackling the perception that part time work is less valuable than full time work, sharing best practice and case studies of successful senior level part time working, and tackling the problem of persistent low pay, making Wales a Living Wage nation
  1. Ensure that women have full access to training and skills and investigate the reasons that are preventing women who take-up in-work training from progressing in the workplace
  1. Support women who follow non-traditional career paths structurally and socially by:
  • collecting gender disaggregated data across the STEM sector and from schools and apprenticeship providers to inform policy
  • providing gender aware career support for young people and embedding gender specific training in all PGCE and Master of Education courses
  1. Ensure that women have access to infrastructure that supports them to work by:
  • investigating new models of childcare provision such as cooperatives and social enterprises
  • introducing multi-use discounts for part time workers across all public transport in Wales
  • making the roll out of high speed broadband to all regions of Wales a top priority
  1. Encourage women to set-up in business and close the gender start-up gap by:
  • embedding entrepreneurship into primary, secondary, further and higher education
  • investigating the effectiveness of micro-finance schemes
  • giving greater focus to the role of social enterprises in business advice and support as women are more likely to set up a business of this type
  1. Achieve equality of representation in public life and decision making by setting a target of 50% gender representation on boards of public bodies by 2020 and encouraging all political parties to take action to achieve greater gender balance among their candidates and elected officials
  1. Embed principles of co-production and community engagement in policy making at all levels

We can only build a Wales that is both equal and prosperous by supporting all members of society to reach their full potential. These steps will enable women to overcome the barriers that prevent them from doing this and ensure that Wales becomes a nation that is fair and sustainable.

 

Yn Chwarae Teg, mae’r Gymru yr ydym am ei chael erbyn 2050, os nad cyn hynny, yn un lle mae menywod yn cyflawni a ffynnu. Er gwaetha’r cynnydd, mae menywod yn parhau i weithio’n islaw eu potensial mewn swyddi cyflog isel, rhan-amser, ac yn wynebu amrywiaeth o rwystrau wrth ymuno â’r gweithle a datblygu ynddo. Dau o brif nodau Bil Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol yw gwneud Cymru yn genedl fwy cyfartal a’i gwneud yn fwy ffyniannus ac arloesol. Bydd sicrhau y gall menywod gyrraedd eu potensial llawn yn helpu i gyflawni’r nodau hyn, sydd er budd menywod, teuluoedd a’r economi ehangach.

Rydym yn credu y gellir cyflawni hyn trwy 8 cam syml:

  1. Sicrhau bod Cymru ar flaen y gad o ran arferion modern yn y gweithle, gan greu Cymru hyblyg drwy annog cyflogwyr i gyflwyno arferion modern yn y gweithle fel gweithio hyblyg a gweithio o bell a chreu amgylchedd sy’n sicrhau y gall gweithleoedd modern ac arloesol ffynnu
  1. Sicrhau bod menywod yn cael cymorth i ddatblygu drwy fynd i’r afael a’r syniad bod gwaith rhan-amser yn llai gwerthfawr na gwaith llawn amser, drwy rannu arferion da ac astudiaethau achos o waith rhan-amser llwyddiannus ar lefel uwch, a mynd i’r afael â’r broblem o gyflog isel parhaus, a gwneud Cymru’n genedl Cyflog Byw
  1. Sicrhau bod gan fenywod fynediad llawn i hyfforddiant a sgiliau ac ymchwilio i’r rhesymau sy’n atal menywod sy’n hyfforddi mewn swydd rhag datblygu yn y gweithle
  1. Cynorthwyo menywod sy’n dilyn llwybrau gyrfa anhraddodiadol yn strwythuredig ac yn gymdeithasol drwy:
  • gasglu data sydd wedi’i dadgyfuno ar sail rhyw ar draws y sector STEM ac o ysgolion a darparwyr prentisiaethau er mwyn llywio polisïau
  • darparu cymorth gyrfaoedd sy’n ystyried y rhywiau ar gyfer pobl ifanc a sicrhau bod hyfforddiant sy’n benodol i’r rhywiau yn rhan annatod o holl gyrsiau TAR a Graddau Meistr mewn Addysg
  1. Sicrhau bod gan fenywod fynediad i seilwaith sy’n eu cynorthwyo i weithio drwy:
  • ymchwilio i fodelau newydd o ddarpariaeth gofal plant fel cwmnïau cydweithredol a mentrau cymdeithasol
  • cyflwyno disgowntiau amlddefnydd ar gyfer gweithwyr rhan-amser ar gyfer pob trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yng Nghymru
  • mynd ati i sicrhau bod cyflwyno band eang cyflym i bob rhanbarth o Gymru yn un o’r prif flaenoriaethau
  1. Annog menywod i sefydlu busnesau a chau’r bwlch rhwng y rhywiau o ran cychwyn busnesau:
  • sicrhau bod entrepreneuriaeth yn rhan annatod o addysg gynradd, uwchradd, bellach ac  uwch
  • pwyso a mesur pa mor effeithiol yw cynlluniau microgyllid
  • rhoi mwy o bwyslais ar rôl mentrau cymdeithasol ym maes cyngor a chymorth i fusnesau gan fod menywod yn fwy tebygol o sefydlu busnes o’r math hwn
  1. Sicrhau cynrychiolaeth gyfartal mewn bywyd cyhoeddus ac wrth wneud penderfyniadau drwy osod targed o 50% o gynrychiolaeth ar sail rhyw ar fyrddau cyrff cyhoeddus erbyn 2020 ac annog pob plaid wleidyddol i gymryd camau er mwyn sicrhau gwell cydbwysedd rhwng y rhywiau ymysg eu hymgeiswyr a swyddogion etholedig
  1. Sicrhau bod egwyddorion cyd-gynhyrchu ac ymgysylltu â’r gymuned yn rhan o’r broses o wneud polisïau ar bob level

Yr unig ffordd y gallwn greu Cymru gyfartal a ffyniannus yw drwy gynorthwyo pob aelod o’r gymdeithas i wireddu eu potensial yn llawn. Bydd y camau hyn yn galluogi menywod i oresgyn y rhwystrau sy’n eu hatal rhag gwneud hyn a sicrhau y bydd Cymru yn genedl deg a chynaliadwy.

 

 

 

 

 

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On the 11th June I flew out to Malmӧ, Sweden, with 2 colleagues to attend the Nordisk Forum 2014, a conference that brought together 15,000 men and women from across the Nordic nations to call for New Action on Women’s Rights.

It was a fantastic conference with inspirational individuals and organisations joining a lively and productive discussion on what is needed to speed up the journey to achieving gender equality. From a Welsh perspective, I think there is much to be learnt from the Nordic nations to help tackle the barriers that continue to prevent women from being able to achieve and prosper, but I want to focus on a single point.

Gender equality is at the top of the political agenda in most of the Nordic nations, with dedicated government departments or government supported bodies collecting the necessary data and best practice to inform policy development. No one seemed afraid to label themselves a feminist, something which certainly does not seem to be true here in the UK.

The need for gender equality is not discussed as a sub-topic. It is firmly discussed in terms of the overall well being of society. If Wales and the UK can learn one thing from the Nordic countries it is this: Gender equality should be right at the forefront of policy development. Supporting 50% of the population to reach their full potential is good for women, their families and the economy and is vital in building a fair and sustainable society.

A moment that struck me most at the conference, and I think sums up the Nordic attitude to gender equality, was witnessing the leader of one of the main political parties in Sweden stand on stage call himself a feminist and tell the audience that if elected, he would create a gender balanced government with a feminist agenda.

The Nordic nations haven’t won the fight for gender equality. All the people that we spoke to at the conference told us about issues and barriers they are working to address in their countries, some of which they share with Wales and the UK. However, the data they have available to them and the resources that are dedicated to solving these problems will enable them to continue making much faster progress than we are making here. If we want to catch up we have to follow suit and ensure that action to tackle gender inequality is firmly at the top of the political agenda.

Angen rhoi cydraddoldeb rhywiol ar frig yr agenda yn y DU

Ar 11 Mehefin fe wnes i a 2 gydweithiwr hedfan i Malmö, Sweden i fynychu Fforwm Nordisk 2014, cynhadledd a oedd yn dwyn ynghyd 15,000 o ddynion a menywod ledled gwledydd Llychlyn er mwyn galw am Weithredu Newydd ym maes Hawliau Menywod.

Cafodd pawb yn y gynhadledd ardderchog hon eu hysbrydoli gan yr unigolion a’r sefydliadau a gyfrannodd at y drafodaeth fywiog ac adeiladol ynglŷn â’r hyn sydd angen ei wneud i gyflymu’r broses o sicrhau cydraddoldeb rhywiol. O safbwynt Cymru, rwy’n credu bod modd i ni ddysgu llawer o brofiad gwledydd Llychlyn wrth geisio dileu’r rhwystrau sy’n parhau i atal menywod rhag cyflawni a ffynnu, ond rwy’n awyddus i ganolbwyntio ar un pwynt.

Mae cydraddoldeb rhywiol ar frig yr agenda wleidyddol yn y rhan fwyaf o wledydd Llychlyn, ac mae adrannau penodol o’r llywodraeth neu gyrff a gefnogir gan y llywodraeth yn casglu’r data gofynnol a’r arferion gorau i lywio datblygiad polisi. Yn wahanol iawn i’r sefyllfa yn y DU, nid oedd y label ‘ffeminydd’ fel pe bai’n codi ofn ar neb.

Nid yw’r angen am gydraddoldeb rhywiol yn cael ei drafod fel is-bwnc. Mae’n cael ei drafod yn bendant yng nghyd-destun lles cyffredinol cymdeithas. Dyma un peth pendant y gall Cymru a’r DU ei ddysgu o wledydd Llychlyn: Mae’n rhaid rhoi blaenoriaeth i gydraddoldeb rhywiol wrth ddatblygu polisi. Mae cynorthwyo 50% o’r boblogaeth i wireddu eu potensial yn llawn yn dda i fenywod, eu teuluoedd a’r economi ac yn hanfodol er mwyn creu cymdeithas deg a chynaliadwy.

Un digwyddiad a greodd argraff fawr arna’ i ac sy’n crynhoi agwedd gwledydd Llychlyn tuag at gydraddoldeb rhywiol oedd gweld arweinydd un o brif bleidiau gwleidyddol Sweden yn sefyll ar y llwyfan a’i ddisgrifio ei hun fel ffeminydd. Aeth ymlaen i ddweud wrth y gynulleidfa y byddai’n creu llywodraeth â chydbwysedd rhwng y rhywiau ac agenda ffeministaidd pe bai’n cael ei ethol.

Nid yw gwledydd Llychlyn wedi ennill y frwydr ar gyfer cydraddoldeb rhywiol. Roedd pawb y buom yn siarad â nhw yn gweithio i oresgyn anawsterau a rhwystrau yn eu gwledydd, rhai ohonynt yn debyg i’r problemau sy’n wynebu Cymru a’r DU. Fodd bynnag, oherwydd y data sydd ar gael iddynt a’r adnoddau sy’n cael eu neilltuo i ddatrys y problemau hyn, byddan nhw’n parhau i wneud cynnydd yn gyflymach o lawer na’r DU. Os ydym am ennill tir, mae’n rhaid i ni ddilyn eu hesiampl a sicrhau bod camau gweithredu i fynd i’r afael â chydraddoldeb rhywiol ar frig yr agenda wleidyddol.

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