Break the bias is the theme for International Women’s Day 2022, and local councillors are tackling gender bias by helping local women into employment, and by launching a women’s listening conference.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Jane Carr, Cabinet Member for Tackling Inequality and Child Poverty, said: “To break the bias we must listen to women, and provide a space for their voices to be heard. That is exactly why, working with local partners, we’re working to set up a local women’s listening conference.”
“We need to hear from the women of Milton Keynes about the issues impacting them, and what we can do to help. It may not solve everything, but listening is the first step, and we’re committed to taking it.”
Labour Councillor Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for Public Realm, continued: “We want a Milton Keynes without gender bias, one that is free of sexism and discrimination. The Progressive Alliance has been fighting for this.”
“We’ve passed the White Ribbon motion, committing to speaking out against violence against women and girls. We’ve invested £85,000 to support female entrepreneurs and launched a partnership with MK Act to help women regain their economic independence.”
“But this is not the end. We’ll continue to fund schemes that help women back into work, and that support female entrepreneurs. If we call out bias when we see it, and support women and girls in school, work and in the local community, we can achieve a world without bias.”