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“Gender equality is imperative for a successful and thriving economy. As a city we have been making steady progress towards this, and we should pause this International Women’s Day to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing women who have been making Bristol a better place to live through their work in construction and planning, care, education, tech, culture and so many more.
“We also have to acknowledge that COVID has had a disproportionate impact on women. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Choose to Challenge, and we should collectively use this time to be more bold and innovative with our way of thinking when it comes to equality. This will only work if we all join forces together across public and private sectors, and the Economy Board currently provides a great converging point for ideas on how we can create a more inclusive economy in the city.”
Dr. Zara Nanu, CEO of Gapsquare.
Zara is a powerful advocate for workplace gender equality and wider fair pay. Starting her career combating human trafficking and campaigning on women’s rights issues, Zara is now at the forefront of the push for technology to build more inclusive workplaces.
International Women’s Day 2021 campaign
In recognition of International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March 2021, Bristol Women’s Commission (BWC) has teamed up with Bristol One City on their latest campaign; to share the progress that has been made for women and girls in their area of work over the last 8 years.
We invite our local businesses and organisations to film a short video answering what progress has been made, how this has been achieved and what work is currently taking place across Bristol to help women and girls.
Share your video on your organisation’s social media channels on International Women’s Day, including the hashtags #BristolWomen and #IWD21, and tag @BWCommission and @BristolOneCity on Twitter and Instagram, for them to appear alongside messages from city leaders on BWC’s and One City’s social media channels.
Search for an International Women’s Day event
Each year, a wide range of International Women’s Day events are held worldwide, including conferences, exhibitions, concerts, fun runs and more. These are held by women’s networks, businesses, charities, educational institutions, political parties, community groups among others.
To find events taking place across the world, visit the International Women’s Day website where you can search by country and city.
Supporting gender diversity in business
- Gapsquare are intelligently building a world where work is inclusive, where pay meets value and diverse talent thrives. They provide innovative solutions that ensure all work is fair, so that companies can focus on performance, productivity and building inclusive teams. Visit the Gapsquare website to find out more.
- The Women in Global eCommerce Conference is an online event taking place in the run up to International Women’s Day, on Tuesday 2 March from 9:30am to 3:30pm. It is designed to celebrate some of the industry’s leading lights as well as helping eCommerce businesses to take their online sales to the next level. View the full agenda and register for the Women in Global eCommerce Conference event.
- The Enterprising Women programme helps women-led businesses access world class business support, which includes workshops, coaching and mentoring from our expert advisors. The initiative also includes support to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Visit the SETsquared Bristol website to find out more.
- Women’s Tech Hub ~ Bristol support and encourage women and gender non-conforming people working in the tech industry through careers support, workshops and signposting. Visit the Women’s Tech Hub website to find out how they are advancing gender diversity in tech.
- Women in Property creates opportunities, expands knowledge and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry. They are multi-disciplinary, encouraging an exchange of ideas and sharing of expertise, through best practice workshops, site visits, keynote talks and social events. Find out more on the Women in Property website and check the local south west branch for events.
- NatWest has partnered with not-for-profit Be the Business to launch a free mentoring service for female entrepreneurs. The 12-week mentoring programme is free for female entrepreneurs living or running a business in the West of England. The government funded programme will give female leaders and entrepreneurs access to advice and guidance to build their businesses. Visit the Be the Business website register.
- KTN is running the Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation programmewhich is committed to empowering more women to achieve their potential and to inspire entrepreneurial growth by connecting with like-minded people. Visit the KTN website to register for the International Women’s Day: Women Innovate one day online conference. It is free to attend and jam-packed with workshops, inspirational speakers and ground-breaking ideas.
- Also running is KTN’s “Let’s Talk About…” webinar series; designed to start conversations, share stories and provide inspirational advice from women and male allies at the heart of the discussion. Visit the Women in Innovation website for a full list of webinars. The next is ‘Pitching to investors’ on 10 March (1pm to 2pm).
- The Women’s Work Lab C.I.C supports unemployed mums over the age of 25 to become work ready. After an initial four-week training programme each mum will be offered a work placement at a professional organisation in the South West. Current employer partners include AXA PPP Healthcare, Jacobs, DAS Group, Burges Salmon, Grace & Green, the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust. Visit the Women’s Work Lab website for more detail on the programmes and how to get involved.