Lack of gender equality at DDC

Cllr Helen Williams introduced a motion at the last DDC full council meeting before the election about the lack of gender equality and the diversity of councillors on the council and how the council could try to become more representative of the residents of Dover district.

The council agreed that improvement was needed, as only 22% of the current councillors are women, and current councillors lacked diversity. This was poor in comparison with other local councils, the best of whom has nearly twice as many.

It was agreed that this topic will be discussed soon after the new council is elected after May 4th, and a committee will discuss ways in which community minded women and people from diverse backgrounds can be encouraged to think about standing for council in future.