Sussex Police commended for leading fight against gender inequality
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Chief Constable Giles York and Superintendent Miles Ockwell have been commended for their commitment to gender equality in UK policing.
They were given a Special Recognition Award at the British Association of Women in Policing ceremony in Lincolnshire. The award was granted to the pair for their significant contribution to gender equality and service to women in policing as thematic champions for the United Nation’s global HeforShe movement.
Chief Constable Giles York,the Global Thematic Champion for Law Enforcement, said: “As a leader, son, husband and father, I believe that enabling true gender equality is a shared responsibility. Men and women have a joint responsibility to achieve gender parity.
“In supporting HeForShe, Sussex Police is demonstrating the strength of our commitment to ensuring a Police force that is representative of the communities that we serve which is key to addressing violence against women and girls. Superintendent Ockwell has been instrumental in our support to HeForShe and I would like to praise his outstanding contribution to this movement.”
HeForShe was created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women in society. The movement is supported globally by 2 million people, including world leaders and global CEOs including Winston Duke and Edgar Ramirez.
Earlier this year, HeForShe published their annual Impact report which documented how individuals and communities across the world are advancing in gender equality over the last 12 months. Within this report, Sussex Police demonstrated the link between domestic abuse and gender equality in policing and will share this learning with all UK police forces across the country at the upcoming UK Policing Gender Equality Summit.
The summit, hosted by Sussex Police which was the first police force in the world to be HeForShe thematic champions, will see representatives from all UK police forces come together to celebrate their achievements made so far in their commitments to tackling gender inequality.
The summit on November 20 will also see the launch of the Gender Equality in UK Policing: First Annual Report. The report will combine force gender information with best practice examples of steps being taken to improve gender imbalances at senior levels and to create communities free from domestic abuse but also demonstrate the support each policing force is pledging to the HeForShe movement. The report is supported by UN Women and the intention is for it to be used by police forces within and outside of the UK to support HeForShe and work towards gender equality.
CC York added: “Given the link between gender inequality and domestic abuse, in policing we have a unique opportunity to address issues of violence towards women and girls. Over the last 12 months we have worked with police forces around the county to raise awareness of the gender inequalities that exist within policing.
“We are proud to have addressed the gender imbalances within our senior leadership teams and will share the steps that we have taken to do this with all UK police forces.”
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