Essex celebrates International Women’s Day

Ronnie Egan Sandra Chick and Moria Bruin

Friday 8th March saw the celebration of International Women’s Day – an annual day which celebrates the achievements of women across the globe. In order to mark this important day, women from all the blue light services in Essex gathered together to celebrate and share experiences.

The theme for 2019 was #BalanceforBetter, recognising that gender-balanced teams and organisations generally deliver huge benefits, whether it’s a balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, or gender-balanced media coverage…


It was a great opportunity to meet with women of all ranks across police, fire and our own ambulance service and hear about their experiences. One of the key themes of the day was the importance of communication. The programme included a range of speakers with excellent communication skills themselves, including Nicky Perfect; a hostage negotiator, who held workshops on topics such as confidence and mindfulness.

The stand-out speaker for me was Paula Craig MBE, who combined being a triathlete with life as a counter terrorism officer within the Metropolitan Police. These are pretty formidable achievements in themselves and even more so, given that Paula was left paralysed from the waist downwards following a car accident in 2001. Paula spoke with passion and humour and helped us truly understand the impact that our words and actions can have – however well-meaning – in creating unbalance.

The event was in support of the Red Box Charity, who support young girls by providing free sanitary products to local schools and Soroptomist International, an organisation advocating for human rights and gender equality.

All the best,

Julie Hollings
Director of Communications & Engagement

Published 14th March 2019.

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