A spokesperson for the new prime minister – who held the title minister for women and equalities – confirmed that Zahawi’s role “covers women”…
Truss has become the UK’s third female prime minister and has selected a diverse cabinet; none of the four most senior jobs in the British government is now held by a white man…
Jemima Olchawski, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, reacted with outrage to the decision. “Women make up over half of the population; we are still paid less than men, face horrific levels of gender-based violence, do the bulk of unpaid care, and have been hit hardest by the pandemic and the cost of living crisis,” she said. “It’s simply unacceptable that with this backdrop of disadvantage, women’s representation is being downgraded within Truss’s cabinet.”
Downing Street denied that Truss was downgrading the importance of women’s rights. “The equalities brief has not changed. The policies which relate to him still apply,” said a spokesman. “I think that actions the government is taking in this space is how it should be judged rather than on job titles of individuals.”
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