At DWF we are are proud to support International Women's Day 2017 and encourage all our people to get involved.
Last year we supported the #PledgeForParity theme, committing to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures.
Since then, female representation on our Strategic Board has increased from 10% to 30%, we've introduced unconscious bias training, initiated a firmwide Equal Pay Audit, significantly invested in enhancing development opportunities accessed via our online professional development platform and through our community investment activities, like our 5 Star education programme, we are continuing to raise the aspirations and confidence levels of young women.
The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186, so this year's theme has never been more relevant or pressing.
To help raise awareness please show your support on social media using the #BeBoldForChange campaign.
Some of our activities throughout March 2017 include:
We are showing our support by taking part in the #BeBoldForChange campaign aross our internal and external social networks.
Business clothing collections
We have arranged business clothing collections across our UK offices to help to provide an outfit to those who have been out of work for some time so they have an outfit they can wear for interviews, meetings, etc. We are also supporting Women's Aid charities in some of our locations. To find out more or to locate your closet drop off point please contact Gail Taylor »
Inspirational Women's Events
We are hosting events in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool with our 5 STAR Futures Schools where students can come along and listen to inspirational women talk about their careers and what has inspired them. For further information contact Gail Taylor »
United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles
We have signed up to the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles joining nearly 1,000 other businesses around the world committed to taking action and will report on progress annually. The principles are:
- Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
- Treat all women and men fairly at work - respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.
- Promote education, training and professional development for women.
- Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
- Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
- Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.
Celebrating Working Forward on International Women’s Day
As a proud Member of Working Forward, we know that pregnancy and maternity can be a crucial time in any woman’s career and are committed to supporting new parents in our workplace.
DWFis one of 100 businesses that have signed up to the Government backed initiative since it launched in September, forming a coalition of like-minded organisations working together and sharing best practice to ensure employees have the most positive experience possible.
Follow the hashtag #WorkingForward on Twitter to hear more from working mothers and their families.
For more information on Working Forward visit: www.equalityhumanrights.com/workingforward