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International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The British Chamber recognises the need for women to be supported and to support each other, each year bringing together a panel of experts to discuss the theme for the year.
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ABOUT THE EVENT:
The British Chamber of Commerce International Women's day Luncheon event is a key highlight in the Chamber Calendar that gets bigger and better every year.
This event has grown in attendance and popularity as it has generated thought provoking discussions addressing topics such as 'Balance for Better' and 'Press for Progress' (aligned with the official IWD theme).
In 2020 we delve deeper into the official theme of #EachforEqual and ask:
'Quotas - A blessing or a curse?'
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
Albeit society has fought for gender equality since the nineteenth century, there continues to be challenges in enabling fair opportunity within business, politics and many other industries. There are increased calls for more efficient methods to reach a gender balance in organizations and pace has been slow for companies to self-adopt means to address the imbalance.
In 2010, the UK spear-led an initiative called the 30% Club and it seeks movement for gender-balanced boards. The idea of being a quota appointment makes a lot of women uneasy, but change at top continues to be sluggish when left to develop under its own means.
While the implementation of a quota system is not an innovative idea, it has helped some companies, whilst others have tentatively adopted it or are still addressing the uncomfortable question of whether it will help or hinder.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Implementation of a gender quota system creates heated conversations amongst supporters and opposition.
No matter which angle the subject is approached from, there continues to be many questions raised.
During our International Women's Day luncheon we will hear from our diverse panel to discuss the topic, share their experiences and enable us to challenge our own perspective.
We will be encouraging open debate and welcome audience engagement throughout the 'Question Time' style panel debate.
We hope that by continuing to 'think together', we can help accelerate the pace of gender balance in organizations and find a way forward.
Senior Vice President at Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
Coach, Speaker and Leadership Consultant
Partner & Business Lead, People Science at Mercer Health & Benefits (Singapore) Pte Ltd
VP, Strategic External Engagement at University of Bath
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