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Wanted: more strong women

If you're reading this in a café, take a quick look around. If you're at home near a busy street, glance out the window. Chances are you'll see a fairly even mix of men and women - but, once you get to the boardroom or walk the corridors of power, all that changes.

Strong women hold families together and are at the heart of society but the sad truth is that too few of them are reaching positions of power in public and commercial life.

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Letter in the Jewish Chronicle on the CWJL

The following letter was published in the Jewish Chronicle on 10th of February 2012:

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Chair's Message: February 2012

In 2012 the JLC will deliver a number of key outputs around our strategic plan, focusing on the kind of work for which the JLC was created. We will publish major reports from our Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership and our Community Vitality Initiative. These reports will tackle different themes, but together with my fellow trustees I am determined that they will continue the precedent set by our Commission on Jewish Schools - making practical and measurable recommendations that the JLC and our members can deliver and promote.

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Exec's Summary: February 2012

2011 ended on a real high with our 'Chanukah in the Square' event becoming the largest ever public celebration of Chanukah in the UK. The crowd of 4,000 was an incredible spectacle. It was particularly inspiring to see the community gather in Trafalgar Square to celebrate Jewish life rather than for the solidarity rallies and vigils that have become synonymous with that location.

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New JLC Member: The Zionist Youth Council

The Zionist Youth Council is the umbrella body for all of the Zionist youth movements in the UK.

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New JLC Member: Leeds Jewish Representative Council

The Leeds Jewish Representative Council represents the Jewish Community of Leeds and its surrounding districts.

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Jewish Legacy Giving

The JLC is proud to endorse a cross-communal initiative on legacy giving

Legacy income is the single biggest source of unrestricted funds for charities today; in the Jewish community accounting for a significant proportion of annual donations to Jewish causes. As the value of legacies continues to increase (estimated at £80 million annually), its importance is indisputable to the charities which rely on this source to deliver services and plan ahead for future projects.

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Policy focus - Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 is an enormous bill that reworks all equalitylaw making it unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of a 'protected characteristic' (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation). The Act is generally concerned with preventing discrimination on the basis of these protected characteristics and promoting equality between them.

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Meeting the Prime Minister

Our meeting at Downing Street illustrated many of the achievements of the community and the challenges it faces. The meeting had been a long time in coming and it was only after considerable efforts were expended by the JLC that we actually got it. The Prime Minister promised us that these meetings will now be a regular occurrence. It is very reassuring for the community leadership to meet up with government at the highest level. Many of the issues we raised such as equalities legislation, the Dilnott recommendations on social care, single faith provision and of course antisemitism are high on the agenda of our JLC member organisations, most of whom fed into the preparation process for the meeting.

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Consultation on Women in Jewish Leadership

A snapshot of the Jewish community’s main organisations last summer revealed that women comprise only a fifth of all trustees, a quarter of chief executives and a quarter of members of the elected Body, the Board of Deputies. British Jewish women are high educational and professional achievers: the 2001 Census demonstrated that in the top occupational categories, Jewish women matched and in most cases proportionally out-performed men in the general population. However, the Jewish community is failing to benefit from their skills and expertise at a leadership level, where women are significantly under-represented. You can read more about our research on this in our report on "Gender Imbalance- the status quo"

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