Celebrating International Women's Day 2022
International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, cultural, and political achievements of women and reinforce a commitment to women’s equality.
For us, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the diversity in both our workforce and communities and to connect with our communities through hosting events/activities in our facilities. To find our what's happening today and throughout the year, visit your local leisure centre or library's page.
There’s no such word as “can’t” - this International Women’s Day we’re celebrating everyone who ran the extra mile for equality.
We spoke to women and men from across the business to hear their thoughts on equality, individuality, their most inspirational women, and this year's theme, #BreakTheBias
Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for change
DIANA EDMONDS MBE NATIONAL LIBRARIES DIRECTOR
I think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day because women are significant.
We're not going to think of women in a particular box, we're going to say that women can do anything and that's for me is what breaking the bias means.
GARETH KIRK, SENIOR REGIONAL DIRECTOR
It’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day to take time to recognise the achievements of women around the world and to take note of this shift in breaking the bias. If we embrace this change we can move forward as one.
My most inspirational woman is my daughter, she is full of energy and challenge for the world. Her natural, inquisitive and creative mind and approach to life impress me every day and I know that she believes in herself and runs free without challenge.
BREAKING THE BIAS
LORRAINE PATRINOS, LEARNING AND ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
In GLL 56% of our workforce are women, so it's really nice to celebrate their achievements. And in fact, the achievements of our whole workforce in making a difference every day to our local communities.
JONATHON SIMONS, PARTNERSHIP MANAGER
I think one of the biggest challenges facing women in the workplace today is having role models to aspire to, positions of authority that they might want to move into, and not having those kinds of role models above them.
I think it's important that we make sure women are comfortable knowing that their careers aren’t impacted negatively, by the things that they want to do in their personal lives as well.
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION
SANDRA IDIO, MARKETING PROGRAMME OWNER
There are so many things that women can do, just like men. And I think it's really about breaking the stereotypes.
JOSEPH RHAM, CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR
My most inspirational woman isn’t an individual, it’s women in everyday life standing up for themselves making difficult choices, and making a difference where it counts.