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Sexism ‘rife’ in local government

first_imgSexism in local government has to be taken as seriously as racism, warns areport released last week. The year-long study by the Bristol School of Business shows that only 36 ofthe 351 local government chief executives are women. The report, Room at the Top?, shows that women CEOs feel they need to betwice as good as men to be promoted and they fear that the proportion of womenis unlikely to increase significantly. They also claim that male colleagues lack respect for them. Many mentionedhow male colleagues regularly comment on their appearance and a number saidmale colleagues try to greet them with a kiss – an action some feelinappropriate in a work environment. One male council leader would not let afemale CEO go to the bar to buy a drink. The report is based on research including a survey of all local governmentchief executives and 18 focus groups. Francesca Okosi, director of HR at the London Borough of Brent said,”The report’s findings do not surprise me as I have witnessed similarexperience. HR needs to play a key role in the changing macho culture in localgovernment. To do this we need the support of the elected members to raiseawareness of the issue.” Comments are closed. Sexism ‘rife’ in local governmentOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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