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Do you work in security? Do you care about representation and inclusion?

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If you have a unique perspective to offer and would like to meet new colleagues, learn new skills and get exposure to senior figures in national security then we want to hear from you!

The Women in Security Network is made up of women and men in a variety of national security roles across HMG and the UK Intelligence Community who are committed to gender equality. The network seeks to develop lateral networks for women across the national security space, improve access to senior role models, provide information around skills, roles and opportunities whilst empowering individuals collectively to take action to address the gender imbalance in this sphere of the UK Civil Service.

We understand that representation, in all areas of national security, really matters and that professional networks are valuable. We understand the intersectional nature of diversity and inclusion and actively promote those from under-represented groups such as LGBT, BME and those with disabilities. We are informal, friendly and welcoming to anyone who wishes to be involved and we warmly welcome men and anyone who identifies as non-binary.

Mentorship Scheme Pilot

We are running a pilot Mentorship programme in 2020 that mixes the benefits of both mentoring and the active support from seniors that is involved in sponsorship.

The pilot will run over six months where SCS senior men and women in national security roles will engage with small groups of approximately six women, over six sessions around issues concerned with diversity, inclusion and national security. The pilot will include exposure to external stakeholders, shadowing and will conclude with an event in October at the National Cyber Security Centre.

The application process is simple, straightforward and open to anyone Grade 7/Band A and below working within HM Government. We strongly encourage women of colour to apply. We are looking for the next generation of female leaders who care about keeping the country safe. If you aren’t sure if this is for you, we would encourage you to apply anyway.

In order to apply please answer these questions:

  • What do you feel is the most significant barrier to progression for women across the national security community? (max 250 words)
  • What unique qualities or insight can you bring to this mentorship scheme and how do you feel you would benefit? (max 250 words)

Please submit an application to  womeninsecurity@cabinetoffice.gov.uk by midday Friday February 21. 

Women in Security Network – Our Mission

  • Provide events and an open and safe space for women and men to meet, share stories, learn about national security specific subjects or career pathways, network, discuss jobs and ways of working, with a view to improving the visibility of women in senior positions and providing access to role models
  • Increase the number of women, especially women of colour who face greater barriers to progression, in national security roles at all levels, including in the most senior positions in government, specifically on the National Security Council (Officials).
  • Develop a truly inclusive working culture and behavioural norms, that support women, especially women of colour (BAME), LGBTQ women, disabled women and other underrepresented groups, throughout their careers in national security.
  • Challenge unacknowledged biases and prevailing cultural norms and practices that prevent women from progressing in their careers in national security.
  • Empower our members to advocate for themselves individually to build confidence and form professional relationships across grades, departments, agencies and subject areas.

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