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Lancashire County Council leader launches network to help women close gender gap

Coun Jennifer Mein

Coun Jennifer Mein

The leader of Lancashire County Council, Jennifer Mein, has announced the launch of her Young Women’s Network for Lancashire.

The network will meet for the first time in June and is looking to attract interest from young women throughout the county aged between 16 and 24 who are, or who are interested in becoming, involved in working in their local communities. It is particularly aimed at those who are interested in working in politics.

The network, which will be personally managed by Coun Mein, aims to build a supportive environment for young women, to share their experiences and to work alongside female politicians and community leaders.

Coun Mein said: “Under this government, and for the first time in five years, we have seen the gender pay gap in Britain widen. Women today earn on average £5,000 less than their male colleagues and will lose out on 63 out of every 100 private sector jobs to a male applicant.

“In local government women account for just 31 per cent of elected councillors and this has to change. Not just to achieve a level of female representation that better reflects the make-up of our community locally but because so many of the decisions we make and the services we provide affect women directly.”

To register an interest, email: Jennifer.Mein@Lancashire.gov.uk or call direct on 0788 902 6182.

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