Organisations across East Sussex have joined forces to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2019).
The International campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Wealden District Council staff have been making public commitments including a promise to challenge stereotypes and bias, to influence the beliefs and actions of others and celebrate women’s achievements.
Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said:
“Our Service is stronger when it has balance – both internally and in the service we provide. We are pleased to see more women join us as firefighters, support staff, volunteers and leaders and would encourage anyone interested in joining us to get in touch. We still have more work to do to ensure we better represent the diversity within community and equally to ensure we consider the impact of our work on women in the community as we seek to ensure for example that women and families have access to safety information and education, cognisant of differences in culture, religion and language.”
“Our staff are also also taking part in a mass-mentoring event organised by East Sussex County Council in Bexhill, both as mentors and participants. Supporting this campaign also complements existing work in the Service within our own inclusion network, positive action and also the UN’s HeforShe campaign.”
Wealden District Council Chief Executive Trevor Scott said:
“We are delighted to be working with our public sector partners across East Sussex to celebrate and support International Women’s Day. As a Council our attitude and approaches to flexible working offer women great opportunities to fulfil their career aspirations. With over 60% of our workforce being women, we consider a stronger gender-balance in our organisation is crucial to our success in delivering outstanding services for the Wealden economy, environment and most importantly, our local communities and residents.”
The two organisations are in discussions about promoting the UN’s HeforShe Campaign locally.
About International Women's Day
IWD provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women's equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more.
The day is celebrated and supported globally by industry, governments, educational institutions, community groups, professional associations, women's networks, charities and non-profit bodies, the media and more.
Collectively every person and all groups can make a difference within their sphere of influence by taking concrete action to help build a more gender-balanced world. From small powerful grassroots gatherings to large-scale conference and events - International Women's Day is celebrated everywhere. It's a big day for inspiration and change.
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The photos show:
Left photo: Trevor Scott, Chief Executive of Wealden District Council with Averil Price, Director of Community & Customer Services
Right photo: Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark O'Brien and Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker - East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service