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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Gender equality affects everyone. We are committed to creating a fair and equal society, with opportunities for all but we cannot do it alone. We all have a part to play.
Pledge your support to gender equality by signing the charter.
As a signatory of the charter, you will:
- be part of a community of like-minded organisations and individuals committed to promoting equality
- have access to a portal of resources, with guidance and toolkits relating to a variety of gender equality issues, including shared parental leave, equal pay, challenging gender stereotypes and violence against women.
- receive a quarterly e-newsletter with updates on the charter and activities taking place within the borough
- be able to use the Committed to GEC logo on your website, email and promotional materials
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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.
- think business, think equality (guidance for small and medium business)
- women in leadership
- broken windows – workplace discrimination (CMI)
- delivering through diversity
- our time (supporting future leaders)
Gender pay gap reporting
- the right to request flexible working
- flexible working and work-life balance
- how flexible working can improve gender equality in the workplace
- business case for flexible working
Parents and work
- parents, work and care: striking the balance
- shared parental leave: employer guide
- shared parental leave: guide for employers and employees
- managing pregnancy and maternity at work (employers)
- preparing for pregnancy and maternity at work (employees)
- Working Forward – supporting pregnancy and maternity rights
Gender based violence
- sexual harassment and the law: guidance for employers
- multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation
- communities tackling FGM
- information for people directly affected by forced marriage
- ending violence against women and girls (gov strategy)
- Circle - Free London safety app
Children and young people
- let toys be toys
- girls’ attitude survey 2017
- gender and mental health
- Disrespect Nobody (preventing teenage relationship abuse)
Schools and education
- gender equality lesson plan
- prejudice and stereotypes lesson plan
- gender diversity lesson plan
- breaking the mould: challenging gender stereotypes
- gender and education mythbusters
The role of men
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.
Town Hall (3rd floor), 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU