Church Far From Tackling Gender Inequality – Female Diocesan Bishop
The Church of England’s first female diocesan bishop believes the Church is far from tackling gender inequality, saying the Church has “a long way to go”.
Rt. Rev. Rachel Treweek spoke to Premier Christian Radio in the UK, as the issue once again hits the headlines recently when BBC editor Carrie Gracie quit her job in protest at the Corporation’s pay policies.
Gracie wrote an open letter accusing the BBC of having a ‘secretive and illegal pay culture’.
Speaking about the need for the Church to lead the way in bringing about change, Bishop Rachel said, “We need to be using our voices more and more courageously – particularly those of us in leadership – to say that men and women and boys and girls are equal and have been created precious and valuable in God’s image.”
Last year, the Church of England revealed a 41 per cent pay gap in roles at its headquarters, Church House.
Speaking to Premier at the time, a spokesperson for the Church said it “published the data at the earliest possible opportunity and are committed to reporting our gender pay data in an open and transparent way”.
The spokesperson added, “The data also shows where we have more work to do in reducing the difference in pay between men and women in more highly paid roles, and improving the ratio of men to women in the most senior and most junior roles.”
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