Release date: Thu, 3rd, Mar. 2016
Ballarat Community Health (BCH) will screen a short film on Tuesday March 8th telling stories about influential women who have inspired their staff. “International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women,” said CEO Robyn Reeves.
“The theme for 2016 is ‘Pledge for Parity’ to help raise awareness about the need for urgent action on gender parity in many parts of the world. “BCH will be supporting International Women’s Day with an in house event to help celebrate the important contributions of women to all BCH employees.” “Mothers, colleagues, daughters, mentors…women are crucial to the wellbeing of so many people and we want to acknowledge that on International Women’s Day.”
“Women unfortunately still need to struggle to achieve equal rights both here and internationally and through days like International Women’s Day we have the chance to advocate for continued efforts to remedy this discrimination,” Reeves said.
Research by Ernst and Young identified three accelerators, working independently and together, that can change the trajectory of women’s advancement:
- Illuminate the path to leadership by making career opportunities more visible to women
- Speed up culture change with progressive corporate policy, such as paternity leave and flexible working
- Build supportive environments and work to eliminate conscious and unconscious bias
BCH is committed to the advancement of women in all areas and are fortunate to have a workforce comprised of 84% female staff.