Celebrating women working across our uplands on International Women's Day
When we think of people working in our uplands, the image that generally springs to mind is that of male gamekeepers, working from the crack of dawn until late into the night, protecting many rare species and managing precious habitat.
But the wonderful spirit of our uplands is made up of individuals, right across our community, each performing a role in the great circular success of integrated moorland management.
We have come a long way since 1913, when International Women’s Day was first marked, yet it was recently estimated that it will take another 108 years to reach gender parity (WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2018).
But this is not reflective across our uplands. From dog trainers to hoteliers and from local entrepreneurs to carers, the workforce of the UK's uplands is made up of a proportion of women that is well above the national average. Many of these jobs take place in extremely remote locations which provide the backbone to the local community.
This gender balance is a large part of the reason our upland communities are such special places to live and work.