Embracing equity for International Women's Day

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Graphic that says Happy International Women's Day We’re delighted to embrace equity this International Women’s Day (IWD) and celebrate the thousands of women that work at our Trust.

“Embrace equity” is the theme of this year’s IWD and we held a seminar on the topic in which some of our execs and non-executive directors shared their lived experiences and made pledges to support equity in our organisation.

We also held a women’s wellbeing festival this morning at King George Hospital, which included stalls from teams across our Trust including equality, diversity and inclusion, cervical cancer, and wellbeing, plus the opportunity for staff to have a mini health MOT.

Associate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead Katie Winstanley, pictured below at the festival, said: “To me, International Women’s Day means recognising how far we have come but also acknowledging how far we still have to go in creating real equality for women.”

The equality, diversity, and inclusion stall at our women's wellbeing festival Debbie Somers, a Clinical Governance Lead Nurse, was also at the festival, and praised IWD as “an opportunity to recognise and to celebrate the achievements of women in society and in the workplace”.

The events today were fantastic opportunity to support our female colleagues, who make up around three quarters of our workforce and we are committed to ensuring they have equity. For example, last year our Chief Executive Matthew Trainer wrote a letter to our consultants on tackling sexism in the Trust.

We recently launched our menopause policy to support women going through perimenopause and the menopause itself.

The work to ensure equity for women in our organisation is continuing, led by our Women’s Network, made up of staff throughout the organisation who shape the direction we aspire to travel in, with a particular focus on reducing our gender pay gap.

The cervical cancer stall at our women's wellbeing festival The wellbeing stall at our women's wellbeing festival

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