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Selfie support for Women in Engineering Day

Published on: Friday 22nd June 2018

A selfie campaign has been launched to show support for women in engineering.

People from across the county are backing Women in Nuclear (WiN) Cumbria branch's initiative ahead of International Women in Engineering Day tomorrow.

The theme for this year's campaign is Raising the Bar.

Thousands will be holding a 'selfie card' to show solidarity for equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering profession.

The new WiN branch has been running the project, which has the support of Sellafield Ltd, local MPs and other businesses across Cumbria.

Chair of WiN Cumbria, Claire Gallery-Strong said: "This is such an historic year for gender issues, with the suffrage centenary, the gender pay gap debate and the #MeToo movement in Hollywood.

"There has never been a more relevant time for people to come together in solidarity for gender balance."

The campaign has been supported by Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, Workington MP Sue Hayman and Pat Graham, from Copeland Borough Council, and employees from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd.

Members of Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) were keen to get on board and arranged a photo opportunity at their most recent member meeting.

BECBC board chairman, Ivan Baldwin said: "Inclusion is important to the business cluster and our members.

"We'll continue to be an active ambassador for equality and diversity in the region whether that's through the gender balance of our elected board or the appointment of a shadow board of younger people from our sector."

To get involved you can print off a selfie card at www.inwed.org.uk/selfiecards and share them using the hashtag #INWED18

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