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Five Elms’ Curtis receives 'Gender Equality Hackathon' recognition

 

Barking and Dagenham Council hosted a two-day Gender Equality Hackathon to discover new tools and innovations in tackling some of the biggest gender inequality issues. Barking and Dagenham joined  forces with DigiLabs to host London’s first Cohesion Hackathon.  Five Elms' Curtis Cooper, took part in the weekend and was presented with a special recognition certificate by councilor Bright.  You can view the video to find out more about what she said.

 

 

The event, took  place on 3 and 4 February, it  focused on people of all ages and backgrounds from across London working together to find solutions to gender issues like pay and safety.

2018 marks 100 years since women first won the right to vote and there are a number of special events across the borough to commemorate this defining moment in history.

Unfortunately, the pay gap and other inequalities remain and at the current rate, the gender pay gap will take another 100 years to close and that is simply not good enough.

In a recent survey of residents, two out of three women in Barking and Dagenham also admitted to feeling unsafe being out in the area after dark.

Now is the time for people to have their say and address these big issues, regardless of whether they live in the borough, are a tech expert or have a passion for gender equality.

Teams had the weekend to develop and test their ideas before pitching to a judging panel on Sunday.

‘Let’s come together and brainstorm, develop new innovations, develop new apps that will help us to tackle the gender inequality that we are all talking about’

The council is committed to developing the winning idea and the BEC will offer business mentoring sessions to the winning team.

Councillor Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion, said: “Here in Barking and Dagenham, we have a proud history of advancing gender equality.

“We want to bring to the forefront the role of women in the past, present and future. What they have done, how they have contributed immensely to this borough.

“I am really proud that as Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion, this will be happening and is the first Gender Equality Hackathon in the borough. We are really looking forward to it and I am proud to be involved in it as a judge.

“Let’s come together and brainstorm, develop new innovations, develop new apps that will help us to tackle the gender inequality that we are all talking about.”

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