Embracing diversity in health and safety – International Women’s Day
Make a pledge for parity – that’s the call to action for 2016 International Women’s Day.
The campaign is calling for a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and urging world leaders to take action as champions of gender parity.
Among these pledges, leaders can agree to challenge conscious and unconscious bias, call for gender balanced leadership and create inclusive, flexible cultures.
These are all themes that have been discussed at length at events run by the Women in Health and Safety network, which is receiving a groundswell of recognition among the health and safety profession.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we’re inviting you to join our movement and be part of #SHE1000 – an hour long session taking place at Safety & Health Expo on June 23rd.
This event will be a celebration of women who work in the protection and management of buildings and people, with networking specialist and CEO, Heather White, delivering a presentation on how to network successfully, including creating meaningful conversations, leaving a good impression and how to avoid being a ‘network bore’.
Gender balance in leadership
At our latest regional event for Women in Health and Safety, Sue Cooper, a NEBOSH trustee identified the three main barriers to career progression for women as being: “a reluctance to showcase our a reluctance to showcase ourselves; understanding communication differences and making adjustments; and planning our careers, setting goals and actually achieving them.”
One of the drivers for International Women’s Day this year is a call for gender-balance leadership. The pledge highlights that companies with women as board members outperform in return on equity, net income growth and a whole host of non-financial measures.
The pledge encourages individuals to seek out integrate networks that are designed to help women advance. Join #SHE1000 to be part of a growing movement challenging conscious and unconscious bias, valuing equality and calling for balanced leadership.