EY in a conversation for International Women’s Day 2020

EY in conversation for
International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day 2020 falls on 8th March, what are EY doing to support the annual celebration?  

EY will be celebrating IWD globally from Monday 2 March. We are excited to have a range of events planned featuring a radio show across Wednesday 4 March and our awards ceremony on Friday 6 March.  Our EY Women’s Network will be hosting a Radio Day in collaboration with D&I networks to celebrate IWD.  It will kick off exploring this year’s theme, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality featuring a and cover some really important topics such as;Discussion around the importance of male allies

– Why is domestic abuse an employer’s business?

– A panel show to discuss the menopause, creating an open and safe environment to discuss a topic rarely talked about

– The Unity Network will host a panel discussion of what this year’s theme means to the LGBT+ community

– The EY Black Community will be hosting a panel to discuss being authentic through your career journey

– The Mental Health Network will host a panel discussion featuring women at different points in their career to discuss additional work women often take on

 We have a fantastic amount of activity being hosted in and led by our offices all over the UK and Ireland, from mindfulness workshops in Manchester to delivering purple carnations to elderly women in nursing homes in Aberdeen to celebrate IWD.  Every year, we run our IWD award programme to recognise exceptional colleagues. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perspectives, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Why is International Women's Day important to be part of? How can it help to raise women up?

Leading organisations recognise that gender equality leads to increased performance, return on equity, profitability and risk management.  EY believes that gender equality is not a problem to solve, rather gender equality is the solution to unlocking the full potential of the working world. We are calling upon all our people to use this moment to bring about meaningful change.  IWD is an annual, global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks an opportunity to accelerate gender parity. By thinking differently, acting differently and engaging differently – we can all help to ensure #EachforEqual.   Our ambition is to inspire and accelerate gender equality, to fulfil our purpose of Building a Better Working World and create long-term value for clients, people and society. We aim to not only hold ourselves accountable but to also help set the standard for others.

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