Superintendent Mark Khan visited Scotland Yard this week, to sign North Yorkshire Police (NYP) up to HeForShe.
Along with senior men and women from other forces across the country, Superintendent Khan committed to supporting this vitally important campaign.
The event was led by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York QPM, who was the first male Chief Constable in the UK to commit to the campaign.
HeForShe is the UN Women Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality. Recognising that men have a significant role to play in the fight for gender equality, the movement is calling for action.
Police Forces in the UK are focussing on two key areas of the movement – violence against women and women in the workplace.
The three commitments NYP has pledged to are;
To engage with the workforce to discuss gender equality within the workplace to aspire to improve the gender imbalances at senior levels within policing
Continue to work to combat domestic abuse and sexual Abuse in society to create communities free from such abuse
Support the annual reporting of gender equality information
Superintendent Khan will work with colleagues at all levels across NYP to embed the principles of HeForShe in all aspects of the service.
Superintendent Khan said:
“As a Man who is a father of a daughter and works with a number of female colleagues on a daily basis, I feel very strongly about making sure they are treated fairly and have the same opportunities as me.
“I recognise that because of their gender they don’t have the same prospects as me and as women they don’t enjoy the same equality as me. This is something I really want to change and I will be encouraging as many male colleagues as possible to join the HeForShe movement.
“As a senior manager in North Yorkshire Police, I have a responsibility to ensure the workforce strives to deliver the best possible service in order to protect women and girls who suffer domestic abuse and sexual violence.
“I will also be working to support colleagues in changing our policies and processes to reflect the need to close the gender pay gap and that there is equity of opportunity for both men and women in North Yorkshire Police.”
Temporary Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Lisa Winward added;
“North Yorkshire Police are entirely dedicated to gender equality and I am proud we have demonstrated this by showing our commitment to HeForSHe.
“HeForShe is undoubtedly one of the most significant movements of our time and I will ensure we play our part in this drive for change.
“We have already begun our work around this and the gender pay gap is a key standing item on our Equality and Diversity agenda.
“From recruitment to promotion, training and welfare, we will drive the workforce to discuss gender equality and aspire to improve equality in the workplace.”
For more information about HeForShe visit HeForShe.org
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