Cllr Claire Kober OBE, Chair of London Councils, said:
“On International Women’s Day 2018, I would like to reaffirm London boroughs’ commitment to ensuring London achieves gender parity. With a quarter of London council leaders being female, compared to an eighth in some other areas, I am pleased that we are leading the way in our sector, but we are determined to do more to ensure our town halls better reflect our communities.
“I want to see more women play leading roles in local government to shape communities across London, especially young women. However, we know that there are still many barriers that face women and girls, as we have seen highlighted by the inspiring #Metoo and #Timesup movements.
“Making London a safer place for women and girls is an important part of this and London Councils has been committed to tackling sexual and domestic violence through funding specialist pan-London projects in our Grants Programme. This includes specialist support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and prevention work in schools across London to embed the right values and messages at an early age.”
Notes to Editors:
For more information on International Women's Day 2018, visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com
For more information on the London Councils grants programme, visit https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/grants