Celebrating International Women's Day

Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate on this day.

This year's theme of International Women's Day is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum" (see the website for more detail). Research has continually proven that gender balanced companies and boards are the most innovative and successful. We need the difference of opinion, of perspective and of approach that diversity brings. Figures published this week show the percentage of women on FTSE 100 companies has dropped. We need to embrace the theme of this year's IWD and gain momentum, not only in driving change but in sustaining it for the long term.

Happy International Women's Day.


Jean M Stephens
Chief Executive Officer