Shining a spotlight on the amazing women working in our team this International Women’s Day


To mark International Women’s Day 2023, Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner is shining a spotlight on some of the amazing women within her office who are making a difference in communities across Merseyside.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant social, cultural, and political achievements of women around the globe, while calling for greater action for accelerating gender parity.

A crucial part of creating a more equal, progressive future where women can thrive is building communities where women’s safety is prioritised, and they are protected from harm.

There are some fantastic women who are doing vital work to help make Merseyside a safer place and the region’s Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, is using the day to pay tribute to their efforts, give her thanks and celebrate their achievements, which often go on behind the scenes.

Among these women is recently appointed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Cllr Jeanie Bell, who is supporting the Commissioner to deliver her Police and Crime Plan and leads on key portfolios within the office.

It also includes Portfolio and Partnerships Officer Sharna Kennedy, who is focused on helping to deliver the PCC’s Violence Against Women and Girls strategy across Merseyside, Nicky Furlong who leads on Anti-Social Behaviour and Modern Slavery, working with partners across Merseyside to support victims and help build a safer Merseyside for everyone, and Inspector Elaine Collins who is the PCC’s Liaison Officer with Merseyside Police

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘embracing equity’, which means ensuring that women and girls are provided with the right resources and adjustments to be afforded equal opportunities and rights.

“For me the safety and security of women and girls is a crucial step in building communities where women’s most basic rights are prioritised and where they are safe from all forms of violence.

“I am incredibly passionate about tackling violence against women and girls and through our Safer Streets Merseyside campaign, we are continuing to show our commitment to improving feelings of safety for women in our region and sending the message that there is no excuse for sexual harassment or violence against women and girls.

“It’s important that we fight back against gender stereotypes at every level, challenge misogyny in all its forms, seek out inclusion and force positive change so that all women can thrive and succeed in this society.

“I want to use today to extend a huge thank you to the incredible women who work in my office and do vital work every single day to help make Merseyside a safer, stronger place to be. Their commitment and hard work in helping communities should be celebrated.”  

Throughout International Women’s Day, the Police Commissioner will be using her social media channels to shine a spotlight on these inspiring women.