International women's day colleague stories

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also encourages people and organisations to take actions towards a more inclusive, gender equal world.

This year’s theme is ‘Be Bold for Change’ and asks people – male and female, to take one of five actions, to support gender parity:

·         Challenge bias and inequality

·         Campaign against violence

·         Forge women’s advancement

·         Celebrate women’s achievement

·         Champion women’s education

You can make a pledge and find support, resources and events on the IWD website.

Why is it important?

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. So around the world, International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity for action that can drive greater change for women.

It isn’t just about wages though. As you’ll see from the infographic below, women in the UK still experience unconscious bias, discrimination and gender based violence – despite the UK having one of the better records for gender equality. In many countries it’s an even bleaker picture, as women are denied what we’d consider basic human rights, and can be punished for even expressing opinions about equality. International Women’s Day is about standing with those women whose voices are not heard.


(Via  Yahoo)

Aspire’s 5th Birthday

This week we’re also celebrating the 5th anniversary of Aspire, our women’s career development network, set up in 2011.

Aspire is an informal support system for colleagues and it holds regular events, networking and skills-based sessions and also produces a quarterly newsletter. The group is fully inclusive, and men are welcome too.

To become a member just email –

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