As the story about Derbyshire Police cutting ties with an all male ‘constabulary’ choir in order to promite gender equality goes viral, we’re asking readers for their views on the matter. From June onwards the choir will change its name to the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir after chief constable Peter Goodman said he could “no longer support” a choir whose membership was almost entirely male. Choir chairman Kevin Griffiths said the change of name has resulted from the Constabulary’s drive to promote gender equality in all aspects of its operations.The choir have been performing since the 1950s and have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. The group is made up of civilians but linked to the police force as they have worn police tunics to perform in in the past. A positive step forward for gender equality- or a step too far? … [Read more...] about POLL: Are Derbyshire Police right to cut ties with all male constabulary choir for sake of gender equality?
0 Have your say Will the ‘nanny state’ make men do equal share of childcare, shopping and household chores in bid to close pay gap, wonders Bill Jamieson. Our minds are made up and the conclusions foregone. Ahead of the midnight deadline last night, some 8,870 companies had submitted figures on the gender pay gap in their businesses, and of those, 78 per cent revealed that they pay men more than women.What was long suspected is now revealed as truth demanding a response. Remedial action and reform must surely follow. For with such evidence, who need pause to correct what Prime Minister Theresa May has described as the “burning injustice” of the gender pay gap?But pause we should, to reflect not only on the statistical merit of these figures but also on where remedial action might ultimately take us. For where exactly are we headed? A place alien to our culture and offensive to our better sense, I fear.A natural starting point is regulation: this, … [Read more...] about Bill Jamieson: Will gender equality force men to do housework?
A new wave of feminist change is gathering and women need to be prepared for the backlash, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has said. Speaking at the launch of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, which she will be chairing, she said those who say feminism has already gone too far only needed to look at the statistics, which show gender equality is not just slow but is in some cases actually reversing. The institute at Kings College London aims to better understand why women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, making up just 23% of national parliamentarians, 26% of news media leaders, 27% of judges, 15% of corporate board members and 9% of senior IT leaders around the world. Reflecting on her own time as the first female prime minister of Australia when Gillard famously called then opposition leader Tony Abbott out on his own sexism and misogyny in a speech that went viral, she said she regrets not bringing it up sooner. “I made … [Read more...] about Julia Gillard warns of backlash from gender equality critics
A prominent Labour politician has expressed her “terrible disappointment” at the dearth of female leaders in the party and said an expectation still lingered that men would get the top jobs. Julie Morgan, who is campaigning for the new post of deputy Labour leader in Wales, argued that better, fairer decisions and more effective laws were made if more women were in senior positions. Morgan is standing against the Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris for the post of second-in-command, after the Labour party in Wales ruled that either the leader or deputy in Wales must be a woman. Morgan, whose late husband, Rhodri, was the charismatic Labour leader and first minister of Wales in 2000-09, said: “It’s very important to make sure we have a woman in the top two in Wales. With Jeremy Corbyn, Carwyn Jones [Morgan’s successor as Welsh leader] and the Scottish leader [Richard Leonard] all male, it seemed very important that we have a system to ensure at least one leader … [Read more...] about Labour’s Julie Morgan: ‘We have long way to go on gender equality’
The Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir have been asked to cut ties from Derbyshire Police as part of a drive to promote gender equality within the force. From June onwards the choir will change its name to the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir after chief constable Peter Goodman said he could “no longer support” a choir whose membership was almost entirely male. Choir chairman Kevin Griffiths said the change of name has resulted from the Constabulary’s drive to promote gender equality in all aspects of its operations.The Chief Constable invited the group, which is linked to the force as members have worn police tunics for performance in the past, to become a “mixed voices” choir- but Mr Griffiths said the choir felt “unable to accept” his suggestion. As a result, the Chief Constable gave notice that the authorisation for the choir to use “Derbyshire Constabulary” in its name had been revoked. The choir have also been … [Read more...] about Derbyshire Police ‘sever ties’ with all male constabulary choir under gender equality drive