Wel­come to No 10. Are you Han­nah?

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JC REPORTER

CON­CERNS OVER the paucity of women in com­mu­nal lead­er­ship roles were in­ad­ver­tently raised dur­ing the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil’s visit to Down­ing Street this week.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion took a del­e­ga­tion of 12 peo­ple to meet Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, with only one woman in the group — Union of Jewish Stu­dents pres­i­dent Han­nah Brady.

But as mem­bers queued to en­ter No 10 on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, four se­nior male mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion suc­ces­sively ap­proached JC reporter Rosa Do­herty to ask if she was Ms Brady, re­veal­ing that they could not iden­tify the one woman in their group.

Af­ter over­hear­ing his fel­low JLC trustees speak­ing to Ms Do­herty, Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust chair­man Ger­ald Ron­son in­ter­vened, pointed out her cor­rect iden­tity, and said: “It’s ter­ri­ble, there are never any women.”

An­other vis­i­tor at the meet­ing, re­fer­ring to the lack of women in the del­e­ga­tion, said: “It has al­ways been like this. It’s how the com­mu­nity is and it will never change.” The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been crit­i­cised in the past for the gen­der make-up of its an­nual meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter.

Last year’s ses­sion fea­tured only one woman — then UJS pres­i­dent Ella Rose — in a group of 10. In 2014 there were two fe­male par­tic­i­pants – then Board of Deputies se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Laura Marks and JW3 chair Deb­bie Klein.

Han­nah Brady

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