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Women in Defence Charter & 2019 Award Nominees

Women in Defence Charter & 2019 Award Nominees

In the October edition of the DE&S decider publication, the CEO Sir Simon Bollom expressed his commitment, on behalf of DE&S, to the Women in Defence Charter

The Women in Defence (WiD) website says that "The Charter is a collaboration between the Ministry of Defence, Women in Defence UK, ADS, DGP and others, and reflects the aspiration of the defence community to improve gender balance at all levels."  The Charter:

  • commits organisations to supporting the progression of women in to senior roles in the defence sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level
  • recognises the diversity of the sector and that organisations will have different starting points – each organisation should therefore set its own targets, where appropriate, and implement the right strategy them
  • requires organisations to publicly report on progress to deliver against any internal targets to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change
  • aims to enable women to thrive, enhancing the individual and collective impact of women across defence and in doing so, improving the overall output of defence.

Read about the nominees for the 2019 AwardsThe Awards dinner is on 19 November.  Previous Awards from 2016 to 2018 are listed on the website.  Industry is actively involved in sponsoring awards in a range of categories.

The Vision for Women in Defence 

We are passionate about promoting the value of women in defence. And we know that gender balance in security and defence won't happen by chance. That's why we aim to develop, challenge, demonstrate and inspire, to improve defence for everyone who works across it and defence output for all.

Angela Owen, Founder, Women in Defence UK

In 2019, we launched our new values led vision; #WeAreWomenInDefence.

"I’m an ex-Army officer and founder of Women in Defence UK. I founded the group in 2011 as I realised that despite the thousands of women working in defence, we seemed to be too thinly spread. All too often I was one of two or three women at defence conferences or gatherings. At the start, I thought we might get about 40 or 50 members; we now have around 4000 and have interviewed senior defence leaders such as the Chief of the General Staff, the First Sea Lord and Air Member Personnel and Capability and the Commandant General of the Royal Marines. Our Women in Defence UK Awards have attracted over 900 entries from across the Armed Forces, MOD Civil Service, defence industry and the defence 3rd sector."

Added: 21st October 2019

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