Our

Vision

Since launching Women in Defence UK in 2011, we have grown from a small LinkedIn group of passionate women, to a thriving community of women and men dedicated to improving gender balance across defence.

 

2019 will see Women in Defence UK transition to pro-actively demonstrate the direct impact and force multiplying effect women bring to the defence of the nation. As part of this, I am delighted to share with you our new values led vision. I would ask all of our supporters to help spread and amplify our vision with your colleagues and friends.

Angela Owen
Founder, Women in Defence UK

#WeAreWomenInDefence

Gender balance in defence and security will not happen by chance. It will require a concerted effort across the enterprise, changing the overall dynamics, making defence a better place for women and men and ultimately, improving the output of defence.

Our Women in Defence UK vision is all about IMPACT – take a look below to see how we plan to do this:

Inspiring

WE PROMOTE BRILLIANCE: we reward and showcase the very best of women working in defence of the nation. Our award winners inspire women and men of all ages and experience across the defence enterprise.

  • Make the Women in Defence UK Awards the best in the sector – the awards everyone wants to enter, and win

  • Share award winners’ stories across our network, inspiring the next generation of women in defence

Demonstrating

Demonstrating

WE FOCUS ON THE FORCE MULTIPLYING EFFECT: we transition to a proactive approach to clearly demonstrate the collective impact and ultimate value women bring to UK and global defence. 

  • Generate conversation around how we can continue to improve gender balance across defence

  • Encourage supporters to set ambitious gender targets and share best practice

Challenging

Challenging

WE ASK WHY: we have the uncomfortable conversations where needed to constructively challenge the status quo. In 2018, we elicited jubilation and euphoria and anger and infuriation. In 2019, expect more of this! 

  • Organise regular discussion and networking events across the UK

  • Host webinars for those unable to get to networking events

  • Use a variety of platforms to engage with members

WE ASK WHY: we have the uncomfortable conversations where needed to constructively challenge the status quo. In 2018, we elicited jubilation and euphoria and anger and infuriation. In 2019, expect more of this! 

  • Organise regular discussion and networking events across the UK

  • Host webinars for those unable to get to networking events

  • Use a variety of platforms to engage with members

Developing

WE HELP WOMEN TO FLOURISH: we support women to develop and hone the skills they need to maximise their collective and individual impact and improve the overall output of defence. 

  • Support women through our speed mentoring events

  • Develop a cross defence mentoring scheme, bringing the Armed Forces and industry together

  • Offer workshops and training to develop individual impact​