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International Women's Day 2021

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 3rd March, 2021

Today is International Women’s Day and the theme is choose to challenge. "A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge."

Women make up 78% of people working in health and care, they also play a disproportionate role in informal care and in supporting our families during the pandemic. Yet women don’t have the power or role across the formal system that reflects their contribution. Additional factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, disability and sexual orientation mean the system is even more unequal. Women’s rights matter, women’s dreams matter and women’s voices matter. Choose to challenge. When we connect and collaborate, we can be an unstoppable force for change.

While women’s rights have come a long way in recent years, there still remains much to achieve. The Fawcett Society have created a brief history of women’s rights which can be found by clicking here.

To mark International Women's Day, the Centre for Leadership at Exeter University is holding a virtual event with the region's leading business women. Melanie Walker, Devon Partnership NHS Trust's Chief Executive, has been selected to be on the panel as they look to discuss the impact of the pandemic on women and consider the role women can play in reset and recovery.

The event is taking place today, Monday 8 March, at 16:00 - 17:30 via Zoom and is free to attend. To register for the event and to obtain tickets, follow this link.