MK College celebrates International Women's Day

 
Thu 05 Mar 2015

Sunday 8th March marks International Women’s Day; the annual day of recognition dedicated to celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
Globally, International Women’s Day is an official holiday for countries from all corners of the world. Countries representing different stages of socio-economic development, from first world to third world, use this day to hold events aimed at inspiring women and celebrating their achievements.

Looking back at where female equality has come in the last century, much has been achieved by many individuals, countries and communities to advance the equal status of women. However, with women accounting for approximately two-thirds of the 1.4 billion people globally who live in extreme poverty*, it must not be forgotten there is still much work to be done.

In an organisation with a larger female to male ratio of workers in Executive positions (eight of the 11 Senior Leadership Team are women), Milton Keynes College is a truly unique place to study and work. Although there is a rich ethos of equality and diversity, it is important to remind and reiterate this fact to help bolster the aspirations of female learners, but also to ensure that male learners are championing such equality.

On Monday 9th March, all staff, students, alumni and local business professionals, female and male are invited to join Principal and CEO Dr Julie Mills to hear talks from successful and vibrant female guest speakers including, Jan Flawn, Founder and Chair of PJ Care and Founder of Women Leaders MK, Phoebe Claydon, Engineer at Nissan and Jocelyn Whittaker-Smith, Project Manager at VINCI Construction. Attend from 2pm – 4pm in CH1, Chaffron Way campus for a celebration of the valuable contribution women make every day to the workplace and to education.

There will also be a Women Leaders MK Awards evening taking place on 20th November 2015. To find out how your company can be involved and join in with celebrating successful women in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, please visit www.womenleadersmk.co.uk.

*data gathered from UK charity, VSO.

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