Gender Inequality

Many people we talk to about our project ask “What do you need a Women’s Centre for?” There seems to be an assumption that “we are all equal now”. Of course there have been huge advances in the last decades, but we are still a long way from gender equality.

We still have serious problems with sexual violence and sexual harassment:
• 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime; on average 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner (Women’s Aid)
• 85,000 women are raped on average in England and Wales every year (MOJ/ONS)
• Almost 1 in 3 girls have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school (YouGov)
• It is estimated that over 60,000 UK women and girls have been genitally mutilated. (Equality Now)

We still have problems with female representation in politics and other areas:
• Fewer than ¼ of MPs are female (UK Political Info)
• Only 19% of FTSE 100 Board members are women(Department for Business Innovation and Skills)
• Locally, just 35% of elected councillors are women and only 13% of local authority council leaders are women (Fawcett Society)
• Research on UK media found that men typically outnumber women as ‘experts’ by 4:1 on major TV and radio programmes across channels (Global Media Monitoring Project)

Women still earn much less than men over their lifetimes which impacts severely on other life choices:
• Women graduates earn thousands of pounds less than their male equivalents(Higher Education Careers Services Unit)
• It is estimated that for each year a mother is absent from the workplace her future wages will reduce by 5% (Fawcett Society)
• Approximately 70% of people in national minimum wage jobs are women(Low Pay Commission)
• Up to 30,000 women are sacked each year simply for being pregnant and each year an estimated 440,000 women lose out on pay or promotion as a result of pregnancy (Fawcett Society)


One thought on “Gender Inequality

  1. Hello,
    I have been reading about your proposals for the development in Walthamstow. However, I am completely at a loss to understand exactly what it is you are proposing, and what exactly a ‘women’s centre’ is. Please could you fill me in.
    Many Thanks

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