Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today gave his resounding support to International Women’s Day and welcomed the progress being made to ensure women flourished in the force.
The Commissioner is due to support Derbyshire Constabulary at tomorrow’s (Sat 9 March) International Women’s Day Derby Festival at Derby Arboretum in celebration of the achievement of women over the past 100 years.
New figures show the number of women recruited as police officers and staff in the force has risen to 49% while women now represent 65% of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s team, progress that Mr Dhindsa described as “vital to achieving an equal and balanced workforce.”
“I’m very proud to support International Women’s Day and to be part of this festival alongside Derbyshire Constabulary,” he said.
“It is very important we recognise the wonderful achievements of women, not only serving in the force but across the world as politicians, ambassadors and artists.
“Women play an instrumental part of public safety in Derbyshire and I’m delighted a rising number are now choosing to follow a career in policing. Successful women inspire others to follow by example and we must do all we can to support their career progression and increase their representation in senior, leadership positions.
“This annual event offers us an opportunity to highlight areas where women need further help and encouragement to achieve their dreams and ambitions. We have come a long way but there is a significant amount of work to do until true equality is achieved.”
Multicultural performances, dance groups, arts and crafts, sport and inspiring workshops are just some of the activities available at the festival, which takes place from 12pm until 4pm.
The Rebel Women’s Choir will also perform while visitors will hear from a range of inspirational speakers from engineers and firefighters through to activists and entrepreneurs.
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Photograph shows: PCC Hardyal Dhindsa (centre) and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann to his left with some of Derbyshire Constabulary’s supporters of International Women’s Day
Posted on Friday 8th March 2019