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York - a great city for women

International Women's Day

5:18pm 7th March 2012

As millions of women across the world mark the 101st International Women's Day today (8th March 2012) recent figures from City of York Council paint a picture of life for women in York in 2012.

A striking fact is that the population of York is more female than elsewhere in the region – 67 per cent of residents aged between 16-64 are women, compared to 64 per cent in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Significantly more women than the UK average are in employment in the city - 72 per cent of women are in work in York compared to 69.9 per cent in the UK.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion, said:

“I am proud to lead on social inclusion and to promote equality for all residents of this city.

"As a member of a Cabinet in which 50 per cent of portfolio holders are women I believe we are leading the way in promoting equal participation in the democratic process.”

Fewer women in York are also unemployed than across the region and nationally - the level is 1.6 per cent in the city compared to 3 per cent regionally and 2.6 per cent nationally.

Young women excel at school as well, with 65 per cent of young women leaving secondary education with 5+ good GCSEs, including Maths and English.

Women generally live longer in York too  - on average till 83 years of age, compared to Yorkshire and the Humber of 81 years and the rest of the UK of 82 years.

Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council, and the council’s first female Chief Executive, said:

“International Women's Day is an occasion to celebrate and to reflect on life for the women of our city.

"It's clear that for many women life in York is relatively good.

"But we cannot be complacent and despite all this progress we still need to change perceptions and attitudes.

"One of the biggest causes of violent crime in this city is still domestic violence against women.

"Access to affordable childcare remains for many women a barrier to full participation in the workforce.”

Loose Women Panel

To mark International Women’s Day, five leading York women will be hosting a ‘Loose Women’ style Q&A session next month.

On Thursday 8th March, members of the public are invited to ask the panel any questions they want at Explore York Library Learning Centre.

The panel is made up of:

  • Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council
  • Cllr Julie Gunnell, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services
  • Janet Barnes, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust
  • Fiona Williams, Head of Libraries and Heritage
  • Gill Cooper, Head of Arts and Culture

The free event will take place between 12.30pm - 2pm. For more information contact Explore York on exploreyork@york.gov.uk or 01904 552828


Other events taking place in York to mark International Women’s day are

Partners In Crime: Thursday 8th March, 7pm - 8.30pm at Dringhouses Library

An evening with mother and daughter crime novelists Pauline Kirk and Jo Summers, who write as PJ Quinn.

Pauline and Jo will read from Foul Play and forthcoming novel Poison Pen, and give tips on getting published. There will be a question and answer session at the end.

To book a free place contact Dringhouses Library 01904 552674 or emaildringhouses.library@york.gov.uk

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