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Why International Women’s Day matters to the financial services industry

by: Clare Jupp, director of people development at Brightstar
  • 08/03/2017
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Why International Women’s Day matters to the financial services industry
Financial Services is notorious for its under representation of women, particularly in management and senior level positions.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

As a signatory of HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter and with our balanced workforce and Investor in People gold status, Brightstar is marking and celebrating International Women’s Day.

It is my belief that every person can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Therefore, through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, I believe that we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world.

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait, so around the world International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity for ground breaking action that can truly drive greater change for women.

Everyone can flourish

At Brightstar, we are proud of our approach to recruitment and people development and our belief is that no role is gender specific and no mountain is too high for anyone to climb.

We believe in all of our people and this is why everyone can develop, flourish and achieve great things.

Therefore, on International Women’s Day, our message has been a simple one. We are about people not gender and have been celebrating the fact that our women’s achievements and advancement is set against a backdrop of achievement for all.

Today is about acknowledging the contributions and achievements of the women in our business, and it has been hugely energising to see everyone joining in with this theme. Our peer to peer recognition scheme has been used today to celebrate women’s achievements and to congratulate peers for these.

We hope that our actions, coupled with those across other organisations, the country and the world will help to progress the gender agenda, ultimately securing greater gender parity across the world.

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