Last Monday, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has launched an initiative that is aimings to get more women into leadership positions.
The scheme is called “our time: supporting future leaders.” It aims to bridge the gender pay gap and address the gender imbalance in leadership roles.
The initiative will work by pairing senior staff champions with potential future female leaders who will be introducing them to their networks and helping them provide the contacts and opportunities that are needed to progress in the workplace.
Some organisations that are involved in the public sector including the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) and some organisations in the private sector such as Westfield have already committed to the said scheme.
The London Mayor stated: “It is shameful that in 2018 women remain under-represented at all levels of government and leadership roles. As a proud feminist, I want London to be a shining light in the fight for gender equality. This is why we are launching ‘our time’ to support more women into leadership positions in the capital.”
Una O’Reilly, the human resources director of Westfield Europe, stated: “Westfield is committed to introducing the programme to support our existing diversity and inclusion strategies to deliver long-term change and make this an issue of the past for future generations.”
A research that was conducted by the Fawcett Society reveals that men dominate the positions of power across all of the sectors in the society.
On the other hand, women make up only six of the chief executives of the 100 FTSE, 32 percent of council chief executives and 26 percent of cabinet ministers.