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Gender equality charter

Barking and Dagenham became the first council in the country to adopt a gender equality charter on 10 March 2016. The charter is a commitment on behalf of the council and our partners to create a fair and just society where people are treated equally, discrimination is tackled and the barriers to achieving equality removed. It places a strong emphasis on ensuring that everyone has the same chance to succeed, however they identify in terms of gender.

As we mark the centenary of when some women first got the right to vote and 50 years since the passing of the Equal Pay Act, we acknowledge that the gender pay gap and other inequalities remain. As a council passionate about and committed to equality, we cannot ignore the issue of inequality; that is why we have driven through this charter.

Gender Equality Charter and plan of action (PDF, 181 KB)

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As a part of women’s empowerment month 2019, a short report has been published to highlight the progress made over the past year, in advancing and promoting gender equality.

Gender Equality Charter - progress report 2019 (PDF, 1.4 MB)

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  • Councillor Darren Rodwell, Council Leader
  • Councillor Simon Bremner, Mayor
  • Councillor Sade Bright, Member Champion for Women and Gender Equality Charter
  • Angelica Olawepo, Young Mayor
  • Chris Naylor, Chief Executive, Barking and Dagenham Council
  • Erika Jenkins, Chief Executive, Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services
  • Mark Bass, Chamber of Commerce
  • Roger Leighton, Chair of the borough’s Secondary School Forum
  • Elizabeth Chaplin, Chair of the borough’s Primary School Forum
  • Nimco Ali, co-founder and Director of Daughters of Eve

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Thank you for signing our gender equality charter. This resource library which contains useful guidance, toolkits and research relating to a range of gender equality.


Gender pay gap reporting

Flexible working

Parents and work

Unpaid work

Gender based violence

Children and young people

Schools and education

The role of men

Gender stereotypes

Transgender equality

Pledge your support to the Gender Equality Charter

We believe that men and women are equal and no man or woman should face discrimination, abuse or hardship however they identify in terms of gender.

Our ambition is for Barking and Dagenham to be a place where people understand, respect and celebrate each other’s differences – where tolerance, understanding and a sense of responsibility can grow and people of all genders can enjoy full equality and fulfil their potential.

In signing the charter we pledge to support everyone in Barking and Dagenham to:

  • receive equal pay across all sectors and have equal opportunities to succeed irrespective of their gender
  • achieve equal representation in all walks of life including in communities, politics, business and industry
  • work with schools and colleges to promote gender equality and raise awareness of gender equality issues
  • to stand up against violence against women and girls and ensure everyone understands that such behaviour will not tolerated
  • support those with caring responsibilities and promote equal parenting, care giving and shared responsibilities in the home
  • strive to promote gender equality and equal treatment of women and ensure our own communications support this

We commit to developing and implementing a plan that takes this agenda forward in a meaningful way and reflects the views of local women.

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Gender Equality

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