Community leaders and our council staff in Hertsmere pledge to continue the fight for equality for International Women’s Day (IWD).
IWD, which takes place on Tuesday 8 March provides an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, whilst taking action for equality.
This year’s campaign theme acknowledges that whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to progress. The campaign calls for people to actively call out gender bias, discrimination, and stereotyping when it is seen, to help break the bias.
To support the day, we are helping to spread the word about the social media campaign asking people to post images of themselves striking the IWD #BreakTheBias pose to show solidarity – and even posting a few of our own!
Sajida Bijle, our Managing Director said: “As a council we are proud to support International Women’s Day; both through this campaign, and in the way we challenge inequality and gender bias within our organisation on an everyday basis.
“The workplace is a long-standing area of life where women have had to fight for equality, to combat barriers such as bias, discrimination and difficult workplace cultures.
“We are committed to ensuring these barriers to success do not exist in Hertsmere’s working environment. We have annual equal pay audits, a structured job evaluation scheme and family friendly policies. As well as this, we have a good representation of women in senior and middle management roles.”
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Deputy Leader of the Council, added: “This is something we can, and should all get behind. We are encouraging everyone to get involved in the campaign by posting images of themselves striking the IWD #BreakTheBias pose to show solidarity on their social media accounts. This will help to raise awareness against bias and encourage others to act out against injustices.”
Our award-winning programme We Move, She Moves aims to get women and girls in Hertsmere more active, more often and having fun in the process. To acknowledge the importance of women in sport, the programme is offering a free taster at a class of choice for the week commencing Monday 7 March by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our Safer Street Initiative, new CCTV cameras have been installed in Borehamwood to help contribute to women’s safety and reduce the fear of crime for all residents. Particularly over the past year, fears for women’s safety have been widespread in the aftermath of the killings of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa in London, and we hope that increased CCTV surveillance will help women and girls feel safer in our community.
The borough is also home of Arsenal women’s team – undoubtedly one of the most successful leaders of women’s football in the UK currently.
To find out more about International Women’s Day 2022 and how you can support the campaign, visit: International Women's Day 2022 (internationalwomensday.com)
(Image description: a selection of our staff striking the #BreakTheBias pose to show support for the campaign)
Posted on Tuesday 8th March 2022