24/05/2018

Cleveland Police Committed to Gender Equality

Gender equality across Teesside is being given a boost through a national campaign backed by Cleveland Police.

The Force joined all UK Forces at New Scotland Yard in London on Monday 21st May to show its commitment towards gender equality for the global HeForShe initiative.

HeForShe is a campaign initiated by United Nations women and is a solidarity movement aimed at people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for a gender equal world.

Cleveland’s Deputy Chief Constable, Simon Nickless who attended the event said: “The HeForShe movement complements our Everyone Matters programme in ensuring that we have a diverse workforce that understands and is able to meet the challenges in policing and creating the inclusive workplace where people can give their best.

“Signing up to the commitments is just a start and the HeForShe movement challenges us to go further.  As a senior leader I have a responsibility to continue to improve gender equality and a clear, ongoing commitment to end violence against women and girls”.

HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the world of the women’s movement as equal partners, crafting and implementing a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity.

The event on Monday was held to build on the work started by Surrey and Sussex Police in 2017 as part of their commitment globally as United Nations HeForShe Thematic Champions for law enforcement.

At the event, hosted by Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, 43 police Forces, the Home Office and United Nations were all represented by senior officers and staff to pledge to engage with each workforce to discuss gender equality within the workplace.

The discussion included how to improve the gender imbalances at senior levels within policing and in doing so become more representative of our communities in order that issues of violence against women and girls can be better addressed.

New Scotland Yard Group Photo

Cleveland Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless (left) with Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York

Cleveland's Superintendent Alison Jackson (right) with Commissioner of Police of the Met, Cressida Dick