Posted: Thursday 8th March 2018
Thursday 8 March is International Women’s Day and the theme for this year is #PressforProgress.
Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900s, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911.
International Women’s Day belongs to all communities everywhere – governments, companies, charities, schools, the media and more. Whether through a classroom lesson or conversation over lunch – everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender equality. Gender equality has a direct impact on whether economies and societies advance - ensuring we tap into half of the world’s total talent pool has a huge impact on the growth, competitiveness and future readiness of economies and organisations across the world and this affects us all.
With The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 telling us that we are over 200 years away from gender equality; there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. There is a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
Herts Fire and Rescue Service have joined up with the #PressforProgress campaign with the aim to:
- Celebrate womens’ roles in making our society a safer place
- Challenge stereotypical views about these emergency service roles and who has historically done them
- Encourage more women to consider a career in the ‘blue light’ services
Nationally, only 5% of Firefighters are females; and in Senior Fire & Rescue roles again only 5% are females.
Community Protection staff have marked the occasion by holding up cards with statements to support this campaign along with Herts Police and will be joining a national Fire & Rescue social media campaign #FRSInclusion on Twitter.
So why not join in and post a selfie with the hashtag #PressforProgress and promote what you are doing to support this campaign.