Studies have shown that women bore the brunt of childcare responsibilities, household chores and home-schooling during lockdown, irrespective of whether they were working or not – with the closure of schools and childcare providers having compounded existing inequalities in how such duties were dished out among some couples.

For those working, there were further inequalities, with recently published data showing that the gender pay gap among full-time employees increased from 7% in 2020 to 7.9% in 2021.

This panel discusses some of the issues facing women and what might be done to close the gender gap.

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About The Speakers

Kersten England

Kersten is Chief Executive of Bradford Council. Her key challenges are to ensure that growth in the Bradford economy is sustained and that there is a significant uplift in levels of educational attainment within the district. Kersten is lead Chief Executive for innovation and growth in the Leeds City Region, a member of the Council of the University of Bradford and of the National Media Museum’s Advisory Board.

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. Her commentaries have appeared in several publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.

Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, and the first ever woman Metro Mayor in May 2021. She was the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen from 2016 until 2021. As MP, she held appointments as Shadow Early Years Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries. Born in Batley, Tracy was an actor and television writer prior to entering politics.