International Women's Day 2022

collage of East Herts staff and leaders crossing their arms to promote the theme #BreaktheBias
- council staff and leaders cross arms in solidarity
- professional bid writing support for female sport grants
- free online events supporting women in business

As part of its celebrations to mark International Women’s Day, East Herts Council hosted an online seminar for staff and council leaders today.  This year’s theme is #BreaktheBias and staff crossed their arms in solidarity to celebrate female achievements and help raise awareness against gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping.

Leader of East Herts Council, Cllr Linda Haysey said:

“I am proud to lead an organisation that’s fully committed to gender equality and one that has many women in senior positions, juggling work and home life commitments, inspiring those around them.

“Today some of our colleagues shared their experiences dealing with gender bias and I am not only proud of what they have achieved but also hope they might have inspired others to put themselves forward, be proud of who they are and achieve the best they can achieve."  

Bid writing support for female sport grants:

The council has also teamed up with Herts Sports Partnership, in conjunction with the ‘This Girl Can in Herts 2022’ campaign, to offer the services of a professional bid writer to an organisation in the district seeking funding for women and girls sports and physical activity projects. 

Organisations involved with sporting initiatives that support women and girls to get active are encouraged to submit draft bids, outlining the activities they plan to offer, and how they aim to deliver them.  The drafts will be reviewed by an independent panel and one selected to receive free guidance and advice from a professional bid writer to try to secure future funding.

Whilst funding is secured for one organisation to get the support of the professional bid writer, all draft bids will be reviewed and directed to other relevant grant and fund raising streams that they might be able to obtain support through.  Organisations wishing to find out further details about the bid writing support, and to submit their entry, should contact Alex Varran at Herts Sports Partnership by emailing

Supporting women in business:

The council has also teamed up with Mama Hive founder, Jess Sizeland, to host a series of free online events aimed at supporting women, whether they run their own businesses or are just starting up.  The series starts this evening (8 March) and runs until 30 March. 

For further information on International Women’s Day visit