What is Transgender Awareness Week and why should we care? DWP's Jacqui Gavin explains why it matters and how a:gender can helps civil servants looking for support.
Jacqui joined the Civil Service in July 2009 where she joined the Department for Work & Pensions working out of Warrington Pension Centre after a long term career working her way up the career ladder in the private sector to head of Service Delivery for a major plc.
It was a decision that Jacqui has not looked back on as she was able to combine her role as a respected transgender activist and directly working in the area of transgender equality at the heart of government. First of all as the first ever Chair of the Transgender Network within DWP followed by becoming a active Steering Group member of a:gender in 2010.
This was the launchpad needed as she became the the Vice Chair of a:gender in 2012 and in 2013 she became the youngest ever Chair and in March 2015 returned as the Vice Chair.
This opportunity has allowed Jacqui to not only support the Civil Service in its delivery of transgender equality but to work with external organisations and entities to promote transgender equality across a wider landscape. This has highlighted to government the challenges of transgender people both within and outside of the Civil Service in their daily working lives. This has enabled the gap between government and private industry to be narrowed for equality in the workplace.
Her dedication both within government and has been recognised nationally after she was ‘Highly Commended’ in class at the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards and was listed as the 44th most influential LGBTI person in the UK at the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List.
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