Following its community-wide consultation and extensive research, the JLC’s Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership has now published its recommendations. The report, which supports and encourages community organisations to increase the number of women in leadership positions, contains practical mechanisms and advice to achieve this. It was launched at a reception at the offices of The Engine Group, where JLC member Debbie Klein, Engine’s Chief Executive and Chair of the JCC for London, delivered the keynote speech.
The next step is implementation and the JLC is committed to working with the Commission to ensure that the full range of initiatives outlined in the report are put into practice. The recommendations are designed to be tailored so that each organisation is able to engage with them and several will be integrated to complement existing programmes of work, such as the provision of a ‘Woman in Leadership’ training module, which will be developed and distributed by LEAD.
Organisations which set and work towards their own standards for improving gender equality will be recognised through the Award for Gender Equality, a new initiative which will recognise achievement in this area. Other schemes focus on mentoring, networking and skills training. We look forward to reporting progress in the autumn.