International Women's Day 2016

International Women

24 / 2 / 2016 9.19am

The 8 March marks International Women's Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  

This year, there is a call to action for accelerating gender parity, with the theme being pledge for parity. Men and women are being encouraged to pledge and take a concrete steps in helping to achieve gender parity, whether to:

  • help women and girls achieve their ambitions
  • call for gender-balanced leadership
  • respect and value difference
  • develop more inclusive and flexible cultures 
  • root out workplace bias.

The NHS employs over one million women and is the largest employer in the UK. NHS Employers will be encouraging trusts to celebrate the key role women play and also look at different ways of advancing gender parity.

A recent report supported by NHS Employers highlights that the majority of NHS staff are women (77 per cent). Yet women make up only 36 per cent of chief executives, 26 per cent of finance directors and 24 per cent of medical directors. In clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the workforce is mainly female (70 per cent) and women make up only 37 per cent of governing body members, and 26 per cent of lead GPs.

To advance gender parity, NHS Employers, in partnership with the Health Service Journal, launched the Women’s Leadership Network. The network will be hosting an event on 8 March 2016 with a particular focus on the importance of mentoring.

This year we asked a number of our leading female and male leaders within the NHS and external partners to write a blog about what IWD means to them, which will be published throughout March. 


IWD events in trusts

  • Ann James (HonD Health), chief executive, Plymouth NHS Trust will be a key note speaker at the Plymouth Conversation hosted by Plymouth University bringing together the leading influential players. Book your place at the Plymouth Conversation. 
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust is launching a series of new guidelines on International Women’s Day to give GPs, mental health workers and other professionals confidence to approach women who may be at risk of abuse at home.
  • Health Education West Midlands is hosting an event to raise awareness of women issues on the 8 March 2016.

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