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Women make Camden: Camden Women’s Forum launches to tackle gender inequality

Camden Council has launched Camden Women’s Forum to explore key challenges facing women and girls, with the aim of creating a fairer and more equal borough.

The forum launched on International Women’s Day (8 March) with an event focused on gender equality in the workplace. Forum members met with residents and representatives from community organisations and businesses, to share first-hand experiences, and discuss barriers to entering the jobs market and progressing in work.

The aim of Camden Women’s Forum is to explore and collect evidence on complex issues, including gender equality, gender stereotyping and women and girls’ participation in our communities. Based on their findings they will then make practical recommendations about how the Council, partners and communities can work together to make sure every woman and girl in the borough has the opportunities they need to succeed.

The forum is made up of inspiring women who represent the diversity of Camden and is chaired by Helene Reardon-Bond OBE, Camden’s Gender Equality Champion.

I was born and brought up in Camden – and have lived, worked and brought my family up in this diverse and brilliant borough. I know from the people I meet every day that Camden is full of clever, hardworking and inspirational women and girls – the forum's goal is to unleash their talents so our community can reach its full potential.

Helene Reardon-Bond OBE, Camden’s Gender Equality Champion
Camden Women’s Forum aims to give a voice to all women and girls who make Camden the special place it is, and to ensure they can live freely and safely without prejudice or discrimination. We want to work with our citizens, along with local organisations and businesses, to get under the skin of the challenges facing women and girls in Camden, and find practical ways of breaking down barriers to help everyone to reach their full potential.

Councillor Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life

The Camden Women's Forum will meet again for their first evidence gathering session on 28 March, where they will continue the discussions around gender equality in the workplace started at today's event. We will keep you updated on progress.