To mark and celebrate International Women’s Day (Tuesday, 8 March), Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Cutland, called for more women in powerful positions when she formally opened a new Temporary Accommodation Facility in Mansfield.
The accommodation is for vulnerable people who find themselves homeless, some of them having fled domestic abuse.
Ms Cutland, a long-time champion of women’s rights and influential campaigner against domestic and sexual violence, talked about the need for “different thinking” in a world where comparatively few women climb to the top despite achievements in parity in recent times.
Appointed by PCC Paddy Tipping as his Deputy so that she could use her specialist expertise to help him address the issues of domestic and sexual abuse, Ms Cutland counts herself fortunate to have had a mentor who believed in her – a benefit that can play an important role in helping women reach their goals.
Her stance is that employers need to encourage women into top roles and think differently and more flexibly “because women not only bring different skills but are also attracted to influential roles by different things – a difference that is necessary to provide balanced viewpoints.”
She says: “Look around now and see how many influential women there are in high-powered positions. Not many and nowhere near enough. Job sharing is another excellent way to provide flexibility in the workplace, but it seems to have practically disappeared these days. There is a lot that can be done and should be done. All it would take is a corporate willingness to make the change.”
Within Nottinghamshire Police, pay is similar between men and women, and a woman holds the force’s second highest post in her role as Deputy Chief Constable. However, Ms Cutland goes on, although the force as a whole is made up of around 57% men and 42% women, around 70% of men but only 30 per cent of women are police officers. PCSOs, on the other hand, have a more balanced percentage with 174 men and 155 women.
Other guests invited to talk at the event included Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop, Housing Needs Manager Michelle Turton, members of the Fire Service, and Domestic Violence Prevention Officer Sarah Guy.
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Posted on Wednesday 9th March 2016