Issued on 8/3/18 at 11:16 a.m.
Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated across the world to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
To mark the day, the force and Leicestershire Police Women’s Inclusive Network (WIN) is showing its support by sharing a series of powerful images of females that work within a variety of roles in policing; some of which included a female firearms officer, police cadet, volunteer and a dog handler on the Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Police WIN Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Dedications to female officers and staff that have inspired others were made by colleagues across the force, including the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach and Chief Constable Simon Cole, who took to social media to share their thoughts.
Chair of Leicestershire Police Women’s Inclusive Network and Chief Superintendent, Kerry Smith said: “I am really pleased to be part of an inclusive organisation and the Chair of the Leicestershire network. This year marks 100 years of the first women in the UK to get to vote and as I will be speaking at a women’s conference in the Punjab on International Women’s Day, I will be doing so with genuine pride in what has been achieved to date in policing in the UK.”
Chief Constable, Simon Cole, added: “There has been a huge female influence throughout both my personal and working life. Leicestershire Police is an exciting place to work and we have a number of fantastic female leaders and staff within our workforce.
“Although we have a way to go, we are now seeing more women in leadership roles, which I believe has changed policing for the better.”
Lord Willy Bach showed his support for the day: “The strength of support for International Women’s Day shows that at long last society may be taking this issue seriously.
“Across the UK, high profile organisations are now reflecting on their own processes and procedures to protect women and have pledged positive change. Everybody is demanding change. And change must come.”
The theme for this year’s campaign was #PressforProgress – a sign to the growing movement and support surrounding gender equality and sexism.