Developer and social landlord Aster Group has announced its backing of a new campaign to marks the 100th anniversary of the first time women were granted the vote in the UK.
Aster owns and manages almost 30,000 homes across the south of England as well as building many new ones, and has become a partner to Vote 100. Across 2018, this commemorates the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women electoral voting in Britain for the very first time. The campaign has major support, including from significant female politicians of today such as Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
As part of its role in supporting Vote 100, Aster Group will help raise the profile of this campaign in the housing sector in addition to running an internal programme that engages employees as well as highlighting the significance of the 1918 legislation, which also pre-dated the first general election in this country that saw women elected as MPs.
Rachel Credidio, group people and transformation director at Aster Group, says: “Marking the centenary of some British women being given the vote is important, not just because of the significance of the Representation of the People Act but because the work of creating a society that has true gender diversity is still ongoing.
“In our own business we’re continuing our work in ensuring our organisation is fair in how it treats people. This includes making sure we have gender balance, of course, but also tracking other measures of diversity. Housing is no different from other sectors in needing to make progress on creating a truly diverse workforce. We’re hopeful our support for Vote 100 will keep this front-of-mind and allow our employees to engage with a campaign of national and international significance.”