Issues facing female officers up for discussion


PUBLISHED 04 Mar 2024

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The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is hosting a FREE webinar this International Women’s Day (IWD) for members to hear about and discuss issues facing female police officers.

Job-related fitness tests, method of entry, and support in the workplace around menopause are just some of the topics being covered.

It takes place on IWD on Friday 8 March from 10am to 11.30am. The theme for this year’s IWD is Inspire Inclusion.

Registration is now open and Cambridgeshire Police Federation can click here to sign up.

Liz Groom, branch chair, said: “This webinar is a chance for us to come together to celebrate the successes of our colleagues on IWD and to hear some incredible stories.

“It’s also a chance to look at how we’re going to inspire policing to continue to be more inclusive in the future and how we can support our female colleagues with the challenges they face.

“There’s a really interesting programme with some excellent speakers, and it promises to be a really engaging event.”

The webinar is open to anyone who wants to attend and is free to Federation members and representatives.

Belinda Goodwin, PFEW’s parliamentary, specials and gender lead, and from Hayley Aley, PFEW’s women’s health lead.

Hayley will also lead a session on the menopause and how women can best be supported in the workplace, while Jen Sharpling, the co-founder of Bleepkind, will talk about support for officers with their job-related fitness tests.

Other sessions include Inspiring and supporting officers for equality in method of entry; and a presentation from Karen Giles, the Met’s longest serving female officer inspired, on what keeps her inspired.