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Challenging established beliefs and practices is an integral part of our work to accelerate gender equity in the defence sector. 

How we make change through challenge

Through thought-provoking interviews with Senior Officers and Officials and comprehensive dialogues on headline topics, we stimulate fresh perspectives and encourage the defence sector to reassess its practices. Our aim is not just to question the status quo, but to propose practical solutions that promote equity and inclusivity.

Founder, Angela Owen, asks the tough questions about gender balance and equity within the MoD. What lessons have been learned that can influence wider defence? What changes have they made to further women’s and men’s opportunities within the MoD?


Challenge Interview with General Sir Patrick Sanders

Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Patrick Sanders speaks to Angela Owen OBE about hard hitting topics including; bullying, sexual harassment, zero tolerance and diversity on Army Boards.

We also hear from Lara Russell-Jones, Director at Newton Europe, our Challenge Interview series partner.


Challenge Interview with Maj Gen Tom Bewick OBE

Major General Tom Bewick is has a broad role as General Officer Commanding, Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command (ARITC) within the British Army. Angela Owen OBE, Founder of Women in Defence UK, discusses his varied and illustrious career, and challenges him on what the Army are doing to increase the recruitment of women.

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In conversation with Lt Gen James Swift CB OBE

General Swift took up the post of Chief of Defence People only a few weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the country, and changed the way in which we all worked. During his tenure, the MOD has also responded to the HCDC report ‘Women in the Armed Forces – From Recruitment to Civilian Life’ and introduced changes as a result. We discussed what’s changed and what still needs to change, especially in the women’s arena.

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In conversation with David Williams CB

We interviewed Permanent Secretary at the MOD, David Williams on 8th March 2023. David is an advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

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Our Impact

Our challenge-led approach has sparked significant shifts in the defence landscape, with our external viewpoint, we are able to raise questions and issues with senior leaders that might not otherwise reach them. By continually challenging norms, we will foster an environment that recognises and respects the unique role of women in defence.

Engage with Us

We invite our partners, and our wider community to join us in this challenge. Whether it's by attending our discussions or contributing insights, your involvement is key to driving change.

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