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Which? Celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

Category: International Women's day, Gender Balance, International Women’s Day 2022, Celebrating Women, Gender Inclusion, Equitable Society

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8 March, we spoke with several colleagues across the organisation to find out more about What International Women’s Day means to them.

This years theme is #BreakTheBias and it’s an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Colleagues below, share more about the importance of International Women’s Day to them.

 

Charlotte Branson
Charlotte Branson, corporate communications officer said:

‘International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the incredible and brave women of the past who have fought hard for better equality for women today. But I also think International Women's Day is a day to reflect on and highlight the inequalities and violence women and girls still face, simply because they are women, to highlight this and challenge it so we can make change for future generations.’

 

Joanne PadillaJoanne Padilla, money helpline, said:

‘International Women's Day provides the opportunity to focus on the achievements of women across the world and recognise or reiterate the important role that women play in many different environments. Unfortunately even in today's modern world, women's accomplishments are not celebrated enough and our journey to be successful tends to be a much harder travelled road than for men.

‘Women are striving to educate themselves to be able to provide for their families, we are still the major caregivers for children and extended family. Women's ability to juggle many balls at the same time is real and very rarely acknowledged. In addition to our struggle to achieve success is the unfortunate circumstances of women being taken advantage of in their journey. Women need to be celebrated, appreciated and respected!’

 

Damien GallagherDamien Gallagher, digital visual lead said:

‘I am a feminist. And for me, that’s a no-brainer. I have two daughters, I’m married to a woman, I have a sister, mother and grandmother. I have wonderful female friends and I’m lucky to work with incredibly talented female colleagues, many of whom I consider friends. So why would I stand for anything except for equality for all of those people who I care deeply about and, by extension, to all women and girls in our society?

‘To me it’s an embarrassment that we, as a society, still face resistance to equality of opportunities, equality of pay and addressing violence and discrimination against women. I kind of thought we’d be done by now! As a man, I recommend the book - The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry, which looks at some of the issues around masculinity and how it can be reframed for a more equitable society.’

 

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