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Launch of London Boroughs Women's Network

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The network aims to amplify the voices of all women and champion the wellbeing of female staff

Hundreds of officers from councils across the capital came together to launch the London Boroughs Women’s Network at a special event held yesterday (7 March).

The London Boroughs Women's Network, is a collaboration between all 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation, created to amplify the voices of all women in London local authorities and co-ordinate action against agreed priorities.  

The Network, whose development has been led by Tower Hamlets Council, will support and champion the wellbeing of female staff, tackle issues and inequalities women face at the workplace, raise awareness of - and break taboos - surrounding women's health and work together for a safer London for all women and girls. 

Fifty-six per cent of all London borough staff are women, but women still face shared concerns including career development, health, care responsibilities, safety and more recently, the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women.

The Network will be a platform where these issues can be discussed and will provide a strong foundation to help support women across the boroughs. 

The Network launch event featured speeches and Q&As with Dame Stella Manzie DBE and the menstrual equity campaigners Bloody Good Period.  

Will Tuckley, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Council and current Sponsor for the Network, said:

“I have been honoured to sponsor the London Boroughs Women’s Network since the idea emerged in Tower Hamlets Council. It is great to see female colleagues across all the local authorities in London work together voluntarily and develop the Network so far. I hope the Network will serve as a platform for colleagues to deepen their discussion around gender equalities and share ideas and activities. I would like to thank all who helped the development of the Network for their efforts.”

Jenny Rowlands, Chief Executive of Camden Council, incoming Co-Sponsor of the Network said:

“I am so happy to be part of the London Boroughs Women’s Network and to be co-sponsoring with Helen. It is important to pause and reflect on gender equality and the struggles women face. Through our network we can give a voice to this year’s theme

Helen Bailey, Chief Executive of Sutton Council, incoming Co-Sponsor of the Network added: 

“I am excited and honoured to be a sponsor. I hope the network will inspire female colleagues across London and that event more fantastic women will be enthusiastic to work in local government and to pursue successful and exciting careers.”

Posted on Tuesday 8th March 2022