I welcome the news that the capital is a co-founding member of a ground-breaking international network of cities committed to advancing gender equality. What practical steps will be implemented as a result of this new initiative?
We know women and girls around the world, including in London, continue to face numerous forms of discrimination including lack of opportunities, unequal pay, physical and sexual violence, a disproportionate share of unpaid labour and low levels of political representation. The overarching objective of CHANGE (the City Hub and Network for Gender Equity) is to achieve systemic change so that there is true gender equality in our cities.
Through CHANGE, London will work alongside the other co-founding cities to identify common disparities amongst city partners, such as women in senior leadership or women’s disproportionate unpaid labour. This will be the initial focus areas for the network, and each city – including London - will be responsible for developing of furthering initiatives to address these issues..
At the end of its first year, CHANGE will issue a best-practice guide for other cities based on successful gender equity practices in the co-founding cities. The network will also offer technical assistance to other cities that wish to implement system-wide change, meaning London will continue to be a world leader in the pursuit of gender equality