In 2017, a small group of women came together to share their experiences and to support each other. As individuals, they had each experienced sexual harassment and discrimination in their workplaces. Soon, other women began to turn to them for support and the initial group realized that there was a multitude of complex issues that women in policing were facing...
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There was a desire, and a definite need to form a national organization to advance the issues that women in policing faced every day and to ensure that women's voices and visions for positive change would be heard and acted upon. The original group founded NWLEA - National Women in Law Enforcement Association in 2017.
Although only a short time has passed, NWLEA is growing rapidly.
In addition to female police officers unifying, a high priority is and remains with the minority population within. NWLEA values the experience of the women who are under-represented, and also those who identify as a part of the LGBTQ2S, racialized, and indigenous communities.
NWLEA acknowledges through education, compassion and accountability, that police culture can change to benefit not only the female officers in the line of duty but the communities they serve as well.
NWLEA now provides women with law enforcement peer support and tools for empowerment. Today NWLEA operates in several provinces and is expanding every day.
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