To celebrate International Women’s Day 2014, John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, joined women candidates, supporters and activists at Watney Market in Shadwell this morning.
John Biggs has been at the forefront of the fight for gender equality and, along with Tower Hamlets Labour Party, is committed to increasing the representation of women at every level of politics.
Labour’s policies speak to the struggles that remain for women in Tower Hamlets including income inequality and the threat of violence and intimidation.
If elected in May, John Biggs and Labour will prioritise encouraging more women to become involved in politics and community leadership, support the development of more women owned businesses, and produce a zero tolerance strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.
John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, today said:
“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the struggles overcome and celebrate the progress made while acknowledging that challenges and barriers to true equality remain around the world as well as here in Tower Hamlets.
“I look forward to fighting this election alongside the fantastic women candidates and activists we have here today and working to implement the policies that will make a difference to women across the borough.”
Councillor Rachael Saunders, Deputy Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Party, said:
"We are proud of our diversity in the Labour Party, and this International Women's Day we are celebrating the exceptional women standing in the Labour team in the local elections. We are committed to building one east end - a Labour council led by John Biggs would provide a platform for women's voices to be heard in shaping the future of Tower Hamlets."
Asma Begum, Labour’s candidate in Bow West, said:
“We must keep up the fight for gender equality. I’m standing for council because I believe that more women should participate and be leaders in our community and I’m pleased to be working with John Biggs and the rest of the Labour team to make changes that matter to women in Tower Hamlets.”