We, like many other organisations across the country, are proud to celebrate International Women's Day [today, 8 March].

The council is supporting a range of events including a Cycling UK Bike Ride and Young Women's Day at the Charles Dickens Centre on Saturday.

It also recently recognised the achievements of one of the city's most famous daughters, Hertha Ayrton who was commemorated with a blue plaque in Queens Street which was unveiled in February ahead of the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.

The council is currently lead by Cllr Donna Jones, its first female Leader, and half of the current Cabinet Members are women. In addition 10 council committees are chaired by women.

Cllr Donna Jones, who attended the Pompey in the Community event on Monday to mark International Women's Day, night said: "I am proud to be the first female leader of Portsmouth City Council. I am supported by a strong and effective cabinet, which I am pleased to say is 50% female and demonstrates of our commitment to equality.  

"I hope all those taking part in events and celebrating International Women's Day feel proud of all that has been achieved by women locally and across the world."