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Supporting International Women’s Day

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council is supporting International Women’s Day on Sunday, 8 March 2020.

International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements while calling for greater gender equality. It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

At Knowsley Council, two out of six of the council’s leadership team is female which equates to 33%, and 72% of the overall workforce is women.

The council runs and promotes a Women’s Operational Working Group, providing opportunities to discuss ideas and issues and consult at an executive level on policies. The Group is also developing a mentoring programme for female staff at all levels.

The council has also developed an Aspiring Leaders programme – supporting both men and women with the council who have aspirations to be future leaders.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual – everyone is responsible for their own actions with individuals being in a position to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, everyone can help to create a gender equal world.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources and Member Champion for Equality and Diversity, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting International Women’s Day. In Knowsley, we are playing our part to celebrate the many fantastic achievements of women, not only in the council, but also within our communities through community groups, volunteers, educational achievements and career highlights – the list is endless!”

Visit the International Women’s Day website to find out more.