Our Health Manifesto – written entirely by women

2020health.org has today, on International Women’s Day, published our Manifesto for Health. Called ‘What Women Want it features 17 female authors writing about their hopes for health from the next Government. They are all writing in personal capacities, but one GP who happens to be the President of the Royal College of GPs is featured in the Daily Mail today. Prue Leith writes about the importance of nutrition, Su-Anna Boddy writes as the first ever mother on the council of the Royal College of Surgeons, Baroness JillPitkeathley writes about the importance of elderly care and physiotherapist of the year Nicola Hunter highlights what community based physio could deliver – to name but a few.

Publicly valuing the contribution of women is crucial to freedom and democracy. If freedom is to be sustainable it is not about having choice per se, but about making the right choices. And to make the right choices we need the full picture – which is partly enabled by having both male and female perspectives. Decisions then have an enhanced legitimacy and could well be more effective.

Some feminists have got feminism a bad name which is a real shame because who could disagree with the egalitarian principles of social, political and economic equality for women? Yet when it comes to policy, recent all-male or male dominated publications and events, inexcusable in a democracy, have demonstrated that women are still not being given enough opportunities to be heard. We hope this publication will go someway to redressing the balance.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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