The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is under criticism for giving an award to men the day before International Women's Day.
Preparations underway for our celebration for #IWD2020. This year’s theme is #EachForEqual. Female colleagues nominated male colleagues who have supported them during their career. pic.twitter.com/BCoFxkEjPS— Police Service NI (@PoliceServiceNI) March 6, 2020
Women in the PSNI were asked to nominate men who had "supported them in achieving gender parity."
The PSNI has since issued a statement online to respond to "public commentary".
In the statement, the PSNI said: "In previous years, we have used IWD to promote the positive contribution that females within our organisation have played in inspiring others."
Chief Superintendent Emma Bond said the award was just one part of the event and that the decision was taken by "the all-female committee of the women in policing association to recognise the role of male colleagues in supporting, empowering and enabling women to be the person they want to be, within the police service of Northern Ireland."