‘Believe in Her’ campaign launched

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THE women of Wigan are being celebrated as part of a new campaign to highlight equality and empowerment.

The council has launched Believe in Her, which aims to tackle sexism and honour the achievements of the borough’s female residents.

Artist Laura Quinn

Artist Laura Quinn

Laura Quinn, 30, of Swinley, was in the final three of the Sky Arts Portrait competition and has been shortlisted for the world-class prestigious BP Portrait Award, and will see her work in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

She said: “I am a local girl and I have never experienced gender inequality in my art career or in any walk of life. But that is not the case for everybody so I would like to think that pledging my support to this campaign it might get others to highlight the inequalities around the world. Hopefully things will change.”

Louise Hart, 35, of Orrell, is a design manager for Matalan, for ladieswear,

She said: “I always wanted to go into fashion and after completing my qualifications I got a job at Matalan. I think the campaign is fantastic, showing women can have a career and they should follow their dreams. If people have the drive and passion they can have the career of their choice.”

I am a local girl and I have never experienced gender inequality in my art career or in any walk of life. But that is not the case for everybody

Laura Quinn

Deputy Mayor Coun Susan Loudon, said: “It is important that women feel empowered to pursue what they want. They do not necessarily need to be in power but feel empowered.”

Coun Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council, said: “This is a great initiative to support and empower women and highlight the sexual inequality we are still facing in our society.”