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Commissioner marks International Women's Day

Liverpool / March 07

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner will be joining inspirational women across the region at events to mark International Women’s Day.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner will be joining inspirational women across the region at events to mark International Women’s Day.

Today, ahead of the official day, Jane Kennedy joined Merseyside Police’s Network of Women for a celebratory event at Mather Avenue entitled ‘aspiring to achieve what you want to achieve’. It is the second year running the Commissioner has participated in the Network’s event. She was joined by the President of the National Black Police Association Franstine Jones

To mark International Women’s Day tomorrow on March 8th, the Commissioner will be attending events in Crosby and Liverpool City Centre.

The Commissioner will first be heading to the Lakeside Marina, where she will be holding a workshop on 'Women role models in the Labour movement'.

She will then be joining Victim’s Commissioner Baroness Helen Newlove to raise awareness of women’s health issues from the cradle to the grave at an event at the new health information centre in Liverpool city centre.  

The Beat in Liverpool ONE, which opened its doors last December, houses a sexual and reproductive health clinic, health information centre, sexual assault referral centre SAFE Place Merseyside and the Armistead Centre which provides services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community & sex workers.

To demonstrate the work the Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust centre carries out, there will be mole, blood pressure and breast checks, sexual health screening, and STI and HIV tests all carried out on the day. A domestic violence nurse will also be on hand, while there will be advice on healthy eating, breast feeding and many other issues.

The Commissioner and Baroness Newlove will both be attending, alongside Merseyside Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt.

Jane said: “I am delighted to be attending and speaking at these prestigious events. It’s a privilege to be part of International Women’s Day and raise the profile of this day which recognises the struggles and celebrates successes of women around the world.”

This year’s United Nation's (UN) theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Equality for women is progress for all’.

Jane said: “International Women’s Day provides an opportunity for us to focus of women who find themselves in difficult, unfair and violent situations. Women and girls around the globe continue to suffer from high-levels of domestic, rape, sexual violence and female genital mutilation.

“Here in Merseyside, we have some fantastic organisations that offer support and valuable services for women. It is by raising awareness and working together that we can tackle all these issues and improve the lives of women who are experiencing violence and gender inequality."

Find out more about events for International Women's Day.