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Celebrating International Women's Day 2017

 March 8 2017

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women to help drive positive change. It is also a day for individuals and organisations to acknowledge purposeful actions to accelerate gender parity across the world.

In 2017 Blackwoods is once again proud to participate, by celebrating the amazing contributions of women both in our company and throughout the industries we serve.

The theme for this years’ International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold for Change’, and provides an opportunity for workplaces to commit to  actions such as challenging stereotypes, calling out disrespectful behaviour, supporting flexible work environments, and supporting women's successes.

This morning staff at Blackwoods Macquarie Park office gathered for a morning tea, where Group GM of HR Matt Penfold discussed the significance of the day, and the importance of championing the messages and actions put forward all year-round.

We also heard from Head of Finance Sophia Benedetti and GM of Digital Justin Lyster, who detailed their journeys to where they are now, and how they were inspired to 'Be Bold for Change' to improve the lives of their families as well as further their own careers.

Blackwoods, as a division of Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety, will also continue to work towards a fair representation of women at all levels of our business, and reinforce our commitment to the success of the key initiatives we are currently focussed on which include encouraging workplace flexibility , ensuring pay equity, focussing on structured mentoring, improving our parental leave entitlements and continuing our efforts to increase female participation in the recruitment process.

In addition to these ongoing initiatives, in 2017 Blackwoods will again be throwing its support behind the gender-focused charity Dress for Success.

As discussed in the morning tea by HR Manager Patricia Oliver, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that supports disadvantaged women across the world by providing business attire to assist them when entering / re-entering the workforce. Their services range from clothing to confidence through workshops, support groups and training.

Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 20 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Over the next few weeks Blackwoods will be collecting clothing donations from employees and sending them direct to Dress for Success to re-issue to women in need.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we also spoke to a number of leaders across the Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety to get their perspectives and insights on leadership, and got their advice for those looking to develop their careers. You can watch the video below.

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For more information on gender equality in the workplace, please check out these organisations doing awesome work across Australia and the world:

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