Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and this global day of recognition and action is as important now as it has ever been.
We’ve certainly come a long way in the fight for gender balance. The world now notices its absence, and celebrates its presence.
We know the benefits of having more diverse representation of women in the workplace, and the emotional intelligence that women bring to the table. We know a gender-diverse workplace fosters creativity and innovation.
I’m extremely proud of BreastScreen Victoria’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is demonstrated in our efforts to reduce barriers to access, focus on the individual and most recently, the road to achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation.
But as I reflect on the journey of my daughter, who’s now in her 20s, many of the challenges she encounters personally and professionally are not dissimilar to my own experiences entering the workforce some time ago.
It’s for this reason we must continue to collectively advocate for change. To challenge stereotypes. To push for tangible action.
I say thank you to all the wonderful women in my life, and to my BreastScreen Victoria colleagues who work alongside me to make the world a healthier, more balanced place. Let’s continue this work together.