LONDON: Women lead its police force and fire brigade, so little wonder that London was voted the world’s most female-friendly megacity in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey released on Monday.
The dynamic British capital pipped Tokyo and Paris to top the global poll, which asked experts on women’s issues in 19 megacities how well each metropolis works for women. “There is no other city in the world where I would want to raise my daughters,” Mayor Sadiq Khan, who assumed office in May 2016, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The first Muslim to lead any Western capital, Khan wants his city to be a trailblazer on gender equality too.
He praised London as one of the world’s most progressive capitals, where women take key roles across society, leading heavily male-dominated workforces that fight fires, catch criminals and run governments.
But the mayor warned against complacency. He highlighted the city’s significant gender pay gap and said there were still too few women role models at the highest levels in public life.