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Examples of Women’s Charters

In preparation for our Dorset Women Changemakers’ Breakfast, we have been looking at Women’s Charter’s Elsewhere. Here are a few we’ve been reading…

The Bristol Women in Business Charter

Annual Impact Report 2021 – 2022

The Charter was launched by the Women in Business Task Group, a group of volunteers and part of the Bristol Women’s Commission in March 2019. They wanted to ensure the Charter would have longevity and be sustainable. They knew it would take time to achieve our aims and ambitions and that the Charter was a long-term project. The Charter’s ambition to help accelerate the pace of change that will benefit women, the businesses they work in and the communities they live in
is huge and as we build the Charter community, we welcome businesses of all kinds to the collaborative effort.

South Africa Women’s Charter for Accelerated Development

“As women, citizens of South Africa, we are here to claim our rights. We want recognition and
respect for the work we do in the home, in the workplace and in the community. We claim full and
equal participation in the creation of a non-sexist, non-racist democratic society.”

“As women we have come together in a coalition of organisations and engaged in a campaign that
has enabled women to draw on their experience and define what changes are needed within the
new political, legal, economic and social system.
The development of the potential of all our people, women and men, will enrich and benefit the
whole of society. We set out here a programme for equality in all spheres of our lives, including the law, the economy, education, development and infrastructure, political and civic life, family life and
partnerships, custom, culture and religion, health and the media.”

HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter 2022

“A pledge for gender balance across financial services”
This is a commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry. Firms that sign up to this Charter are pledging to be the best businesses in the sector. The Charter reflects the government’s aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms. A balanced workforce is good for business – it is good for customers, for profitability and workplace culture, and is increasingly attractive for investors.

London Women’s Night Safety Charter 2019

London is a safe city, but too many women feel unsafe when travelling, working or going out at night. Londoners have asked the Night Czar to prioritise women’s safety. That’s why the Mayor has created this charter: to make London a city where all women feel confident and welcome at night.

The charter is part of the Mayor’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative

RMT Women’s Charter

“This Charter is more than a wish-list of terms and conditions to support women in the workplace. It is a tool to be used by all members to acknowledge that women still do suffer discrimination. Even though we have a variety of laws to defend women, we know that in reality they can have worse conditions at work and ultimately feel that they are being pushed out
due lack of support, particularly around maternity issues.” “The transport industry is still male-dominated and there is no reason for it to
remain that way. It is our duty to fight the historical prejudices of society and cultural norms which hold women back. The demands set out in the women’s charter give us practical ways to fight discrimination and provides a foundation for true equality in the workplace”