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The importance of challenging gender bias and inequality

Category: Gender Focus, Gender Equality, inspirational women, International Women’s Day, gender bias, celebrating women, gender and equality, career for women, Which?

Gender Focus

For International Women’s day, we spoke with three women across their business to hear more about the importance of challenging gender bias and inequality. Here’s what Charlotte, Sonja and Monica had to share:


 

People Partner, Charlotte Scott joined us back in 2016 as a temp on a 6 week sabbatical cover, eventually being made a permanent fixture in the team. She’s since become a People Partner and has played an active role in setting up Wellbeing and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at Which?. Most recently Which? Ran a menopause awareness session and Charlotte speaks on the importance of challenging what was once thought of as taboo subject to many people, particularly to women:

“Having conversations around the menopause in the workplace feels taboo, but it's something that many of us will experience or are currently experiencing, so it's important that we're  clued up on what the menopause is and what support is out there. Choose to challenge and have a conversation, there are far too many people that aren't getting the right information and support!” - Charlotte Scott, People Partner

 

Sonja Walde, L&D Manager joined us mid last year and has played a big part in continuing the transformation of our Learning & Development offering at Which?. Most recently she played an active and pivotal role in pushing along our Apprenticeship programme, which has led to our first ever intake of apprentices within different teams in the business. 

“For as long as I can remember I've felt like I'm not all that clever so I decided to prove myself wrong and do a Masters Degree whilst working full-time. What I proved to myself was far greater than that! I proved that if you work hard enough you can achieve anything you want, the harder you work the greater the achievement feels and if you do something you are passionate about, no sacrifice is too great. To anyone out there who also thought "I can't" - well, if you want it enough, you might need to find creative ways to achieve it, but you most definitely can!” - Sonja Walde, L&D Manager”

 

Monica Yang’s career has spanned a number of different industries and a few years ago she took her first step into the tech world as a [job role]. She recently joined us as our Information Security Manager using her knowledge and past experiences to support our Digital Architecture and Infrastructure team. 

Monica shared that along her journey she’s been lucky enough to have had great managers and mentors who’ve supported her along the way and encouraged her to embrace new challenges. 

“My tips for the other women who are considering or at the beginning of their journey to join the technology industry is to be fearless, if you are passionate about something and you are willing to learn, then go for it.”  - Monica Yang, Information Security Manager

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