Mayor George Ferguson signed the European Charter on Women’s Rights on Friday March 8th, International Women’s Day, in the presence of representatives of many groups in the city, including Ann Kennard of Bristol-Hannover Council. Bristol was the first UK city to do this, and we understand that Hannover and Oporto have already done so. Mayor Ferguson pledged to set up a Women’s Commission for Bristol to develop the key issues for women locally, in particular those of poverty, violence and discrimination. He said he would rely on the Commission to help him to deliver on these promises. The Commission will report back to the EU in two years on how women’s equality has progressed.
There was a particular interest for Bristol-Hannover in this event and in the setting up of the Commission, as one of the key organisations involved is Bristol Women’s Voice, whose secretary is Penny Gane, granddaughter of Crofton Gane, one of the original five men on the Goodwill Mission visiting Hannover in 1947. Penny was delighted to be in contact with Bristol-Hannover, and we hope to invite her to an event very soon.