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Wirral women go global for International Women’s Day

The official International Women’s Day (IWD) organisation has recognised Wirral Council’s 2019 IWD celebration as an example of best practice worldwide.

Chosen from over 300 entrants, Wirral was selected as one of four successful case studies in the public sector category, for ‘Forging Leadership and Progress’ – sharing its title with NHS Digital, the British Army, and High Commissioner of Canada to Guyana & Suriname.

The council event took place at Wallasey Town Hall on Friday 8 March, 2019, celebrating International Women’s Day while reflecting on the first year of its Women into Leadership Programme.

The event centred around the theme of #BalanceForBetter with particular focus on work/life balance and gender balance, both at Wirral Council and in the borough as a whole.

Local organisations played an important role on the day to offer advice and support, including Wirral’s Lifelong Learning team, Invigor8 and Wirral Metropolitan College; alongside Tomorrow’s Women Wirral and The Girl’s Network – who each gave an insight into their work addressing the gender balance and giving back to the women of Wirral.

Some of Wirral Council’s senior leaders, including Finance Director Shaer Halewood, Director of Change and Organisational Design Nikki Boardman, and Head of Wirral Intelligence Service Nancy Clarkson also shared their experiences.

Cllr Janette Williamson, Cabinet member for Finance and Resources, said: “Wirral’s commitment to addressing the challenges affecting women and girls can only benefit everyone in our community. I hope that this recognition encourages women locally that the goal of a gender balanced society is certainly within reach. Onwards and upwards we go!”

Case studies highlighting activities from around the world will be published regularly on the IWD website in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2020, with Wirral Council’s best practice being featured during the week of 9 September.

International Women’s Day 2020 takes place on Sunday 8 March, 2020.