London is the capital and largest city in the United Kingdom, with a population of around 8.8 million. The Greater London Authority, led by Mayor Sadiq Khan is working to ensure no barriers prevent the full participation of the more than four million women and girls living, working, learning, and caring in the city from enjoying all that London has to offer.
mayor Sadiq Khan
Tackling violence Against Women and Girls
Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls
London has made ending gender-based violence (GBV) a priority to make the city a safer place for women and girls. Launched in 2018, and refreshed in 2022, the Mayor’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy focuses on: preventing and reducing VAWG, supporting all victims and survivors, holding perpetrators to account, and building trust and confidence.
The Strategy was published after extensive consultation with Londoners, victims of crime, partner agencies, and community and voluntary groups. It champions a public health approach and encourages everyone in London to play their part in ending the epidemic of violence against women and girls.
Women’s Night Safety Charter
The Women’s Night Safety Charter The Women’s Night Safety Charter, the first of its kind, was launched to make London safer for women at night. It was developed to encourage councils, businesses, venues, and other organizations to prioritize women’s safety after 6:00 pm.
Funding from the Mayor provides support, training, and resources to signatories to help them meet the seven pledges of the Charter. The city has challenged workplaces to do their part in making the city safer for all women—employees, customers, and the broader public alike—by signing a pledge to take specific actions, including designating a lead for night safety within each organization and providing training for staff on how to respond appropriately to victims who come forward. Organizations that join are publicly recognized for signing the pledge–including every Premier League football club in London as of November 2023.
have a word campaign
In 2022, Mayor Khan launched a new campaign – Have A Word – calling on men to reflect on their own attitudes and to say something when their friends behave inappropriately towards women.
London schools that want to equip their students to recognize and tackle sexist and misogynistic behavior can deploy a new education toolkit available to every secondary school in London. The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime worked in partnership with a local arts and education organization, Tender, as well as teachers, youth workers, and other partner organizations, to develop resources for educators to effectively engage young people on the issues of gender-based abuse, including relationship abuse and sexual violence.
Through Project Guardian, London has made it easier for victims to report unwanted sexual behavior on public transport by using a text messaging service, which is routinely promoted across all of the city’s public transport networks. Furthermore, the city launched a communications campaign to encourage women to report incidents to the appropriate authorities.
addressing the gender pay gap
In the United Kingdom, annual reporting on the gender pay gap is mandatory for employers with more than 250 employees. Since 2016, the Greater London Authority has not only published data on its workforce pay gap, but has also published a yearly action plan to monitor efforts taken to address the gap. Since 2017, it has also published a yearly ethnicity pay gap action plan, taking into account employees who experience multiple barriers on account of their gender and ethnicity. By publishing a gender pay gap action plan, the Mayor is seeking to lead by example and encourage other employers to take action to address pay gaps.
Since 2018, the Greater London Authority has provided paid leave to staff for the parents of premature infants or those needing neonatal care. This is in addition to the paid time off parents receive for traditional maternity/paternity leave. In announcing the policy, the Mayor of London stated that he hoped other employers would follow suit.
In 2022, the Greater London Authority developed a world-leading menopause policy to better support women and colleagues going through menopause transition and introduced measures to shift perceptions surrounding menopause in the workplace. The GLA’s sickness policy affirms that debilitating gynaecological issues – including severe period pain – are grounds for reasonable adjustment or paid leave. The policy was created in order to tackle discrimination and the stigma around those experiencing menopausal symptoms in the workplace, as the Mayor is committed to leading by example and making London’s City Hall a ‘truly inclusive’ workplace.
PiOC & Publica Share Best Practices to Tackle GBV in Cities
Our Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Working Group heard from Peace in Our Cities (PiOC)’s Rachel Locke and Bojan Francuz. We also heard from Publica’s Ellie Cosgrave.
How are cities tackling gender-based violence in transportation?
Four CHANGE cities spoke to Geeta Rao Gupta, US Ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, and Nina Hachigian, Special Representative for City and State Diplomacy.
Mainstreaming Gender in Urban Policy at the Cities Summit of the Americas
CHANGE hosted a panel discussion at the first ever Cities Summit of the Americas, in Denver, Colorado, USA. In a series of four fire-side chats, the mayors and urban policy experts explored i) the importance of including women in decision-making roles, ii) gender-based violence prevention, iii) the role of gender disaggregated data in informed policymaking, and iv) supporting caregivers.