By Raveena Hargun
The Mayor of Reading Rachel Eden joined the Utulivu Women’s Group of Reading to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Reflecting on the theme “Break the bias”, she posited that women face daunting challenges in their lives saying these biases just do not go away hence the need to fight them.
Although she finds it very tiring to break these biases as a woman and Mayor, she said that she will not shy away from them.
She noted the importance of her title saying, “it is a huge position and a privilege to take up such responsibility”.
Mayor Rachel: “For the campaign #BreakTheBias” to be meaningful, there should be women in leadership that support each other because there is so much to fight for in our communities hence the importance of celebrating the day.” For her, she does not only see it but experiences it every day. She cited the example of being addressed as the ‘Mayoress’, which means the mayor’s wife — an unconscious bias in action.
The Lord mayor encouraged the women of Reading to be tenacious in their fight against such biases. Despite the challenges she faces as a woman and mayor, Rachel said that she is determined not to shy away from her title which is a huge position and privilege.
She used the occasion to register her appreciation for the support she receives from the women of Reading. “We have a responsibility to support each other and help other women and we should be proud as women to celebrate this day and share stories with each other”, she noted.
The mayor and her deputy expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to serve the people of Reading and assured them of their support. She encouraged more women to come forward and share their stories with each other and assured them of her unflinching support.
Mayor Rachel is a great champion and advocate for health and wellbeing of women of Reading and their families. She is supportive to organisations that deal with sensitive matters such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Dying matters among others, hence her partnership with ACRE.