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Fighting sexism in Barking and Dagenham with national first

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 February 2016

Cllr Darren Rodwell praised the sewing machinsists at the Ford Plant in Dagenham for establishing the borough as a place that strives for gender equality Picture: PA/ PA Archive Images

Cllr Darren Rodwell praised the sewing machinsists at the Ford Plant in Dagenham for establishing the borough as a place that strives for gender equality Picture: PA/ PA Archive Images

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A gender equality scheme has been agreed to tackle the oppression of women.

Becoming the country’s first council to adopt such a charter, councillors agreed the adoption at a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Speaking at Barking Towhn Hall, Barking and Dagenham Council’s equality champion, Cllr Afolasade Bright, said the charter’s success depended on cooperation from the community.

“This is not something we are doing to people, we are working in partnership,” she said. “We need them and their support if we are to succeed.”

The charter, which will be launched on March 10, proposes working with schools and employers to address women’s access to power and representation, economic equality for women and gender stereotyping.

It will also tackle domestic violence against women across the borough, which accounts for 41 per cent of violent crime in Barking and Dagenham – the highest rate in London.

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell said the borough had a proud history of promoting gender equality, citing the workers of Dagenham Ford who helped secure equal pay legislation.


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