Marked on 8 March every year, International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates the achievements of women across the globe, and is typically a day for people from all backgrounds and cultures to come together to fight for gender parity.
At WDH, we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and have a robust policy in place to eliminate discrimination in our workplaces. And our brand values – to be creative, inclusive and work with integrity - represent who we are and our drive to create an organisation which welcomes, supports and encourages the potential of all our employees. WDH wants to help level the playing field and accelerate gender equality and is proud to support international Women’s Day 2021.
This year the IWD campaign theme is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. In parallel to this, a social media campaign is encouraging people to #ChooseToChallenge - to call out gender bias and inequality with employees from WDH taking part.
Kate Bulmer, HR Business Development Manager at WDH, said: “We are celebrating International Women’s Day and taking part in this year’s campaign - #ChooseToChallenge - as we want to add WDH’s voice to the global call to for gender equality.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to call out gender inequality and IWD is real call for action for us all to do this, not just today but every day. At WDH, our aim is to provide all our employees with a positive working environment where they feel confident ‘choose to challenge’ gender bias and question stereotypes.”
As part of its support for gender parity and its ambition to increase the number of women in senior positions, WDH recently held coaching session with over 70 women from the organisation.
Led by Gemma Stow, a women’s leadership specialist, the sessions provided support for aspiring women leaders and gave advice and guidance on how attendees could unlock their potential and take ownership for their career progression.
Des Johnson,Organisational Development Service Manager atWDH added: “Women don’t want special treatment at work, they just want to be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and contribution. We understand the challenges many women still face and have taken, and will continue to take, positive action to build an organisation that supports employees to have the same opportunities irrespective of gender.”