Women’s Commission launched to tackle inequality in Tower Hamlets

Attendees at the Women Commission launch. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council

A Women’s Commission to tackle inequalities, workplace issues and employment among the female population has been launched in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlet Council hopes the commission will address inequalities women have faced in the workplace. “Our mission. Empower women by creating comprehensive and innovative services that champion their rights, wellbeing, and self-determination. Provide women with the tools, resources, and support they need to overcome challenges, achieve their full potential, and lead lives marked by independence and dignity. The council is also inviting women to apply to join the Commission.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman told the councils own newsletter  Tower Hamlets Council News, “I want to convey my thanks and best wishes to each and every one of you for the contribution that you are making in your respective lives in protecting, promoting and supporting the people of this borough, across London and beyond.”

The Commission will host several sessions to engage with local residents. This will give other women the opportunity to share their experiences and gain an insight into the lives of others in the borough.

The Office of National statistics (ONS) found in 2022 that women in Tower Hamlets have the second lowest employment rate in London with 59.7% not in work in the year ending September 2022. ).

ONS figures show that the employment rate for Black and Asian women is 46.8%, significantly lower than the employment rate of 64.8% for Black and Asian women across London.

These statistics have pushed the authority to invest in schemes to reduce inequalities, investing £1.1 million in Education Maintenance Allowance and University Bursary Schemes, £13.5 million in youth services and £4 million towards community safety.

“Tower Hamlets is a borough whose radical character is defined by the struggles and resistance of women.” Rahman added.

The council said that applicants to join the commission will need to have a track record for advocating for social causes, be anxious to make an impact for gender equality and empowering women.

The deadline to apply for the Women’s Commission is Friday April 12.

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