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enei Members mobilise for International Women Day 2017

7 March 2017

enei works with organisations that employ over 25% of the UK’s workforce. 
All of these organisations are working towards greater inclusion and gender equality is a big part of it.  

They are not just doing for themselves, it benefits us all. Here are just some of them and the great initiatives they are doing on International Women Day 2017.

Let’s all #beboldforchange and celebrate #IWD2017 together!


We’re sending a global communication to all our staff and holding events in some of our regions. In the UK we’re running a Fiesta Thursday (usually Friday but we don’t want to exclude people who don’t work on Fridays – likely to be mothers) to raise awareness of our current programmes, policies and training available while in Minneapolis we’re holding a breakfast to launch a women’s group with support from the local Minnesota organisation, TeamWomenMN.


We are screening:
8th March: London Premiere: ‘In Between’ on 3 women living in Tel Aviv
9th March our Women of the World and African Odysseys event : London Premiere: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise will include discussion
The publisher/writer Margaret Busby will take part in this discussion.


B&Q is taking a broader inclusivity approach, holding a discussion involving Solent University. The discussion will focus on the younger generation and what they want, including video clips. B&Q is also celebrating other successes in inclusivity internally and will agree a common language on D&I.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank

Lots going on at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank!  All being organised by our Employee Network, Women in Our World :
• Saturday 4th March - Attendance for the Scottish Women's Convention at the Scottish Parliament 
• Live articles daily celebrating women's achievements in business, mental illness and Girl guiding. 
• Two internal guest speaker events celebrating women's achievements in the world place and externally with a focus on unconscious bias and Bold Moments 
• One external guest speaker event with Liz Needleman from BiTC and how they will be celebrating IWD 
• Clydesdale Bank Choir Colla Voce performing at our Glasgow HO 
• Fundraising to support Women's Aid, PEEK, Dress for Success and Centrepoint

Equal Approach

We are holding a free to attend webinar on Monday 6th March, 13:00 – 14:00 around Inclusion for Women in the Workplace.


HS2 is offering 
• two Gender Balance Workshops including statistics and key gender equality trends at HS2.
• one Get on Board Recruitment event, targeting at attracting women to apply for roles at HS2
HS2 is offering and promoting DfT and Fun run events for its staff. Plasma screens in the office will display profiles of women working at HS2.

Leeds City Council

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and Tom Riordan, Chief Executive Leeds City Council, cordially invite you to be part of their event celebrating women in Leeds. The event has adopted the theme of international women’s day ‘BeBoldforChange’ and is taking place on Wednesday 8th March 2017, from 10am to 2pm, in the Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall.  This year we look forward to an exciting programme encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women! For the first time this year we have included recognition of inspirational women in our community as part of the event.  You can register for this event via Eventbrite by following this link

MTR Crossrail

The Communications team will have interviewed female employees representing all areas of the business and are publishing their responses internally.

National Audit Office

We are hoping to host an internal panel discussion. We have focused recently on female progression and representation at senior levels and thought getting some internal senior women to talk about the realities of their position, work/ life balance, being assertive in getting opportunities to do high-profile/ challenging work etc and responding to participant questions would be of value.

Network RailNetwork Rail graduates in a workshop with students at Frances Bardsley Academy

We have a few activities going on in schools – promotion of our People Like Me pack with WISE. We are hosting an evening in Birmingham with Women in Rail to promote discuss flexible working. We have the WISE conference in Cardiff.  
A Press Release was published on Monday: Network Rail sets ’20 by 20′ target to increase take-up of female 
NHBC organised two one hour sessions for employees male and female to attend at which we have two video messages one from our female chairman and the other from our MD giving their support to the event and our diversity agenda. Two internal employees are sharing their stories, one male who supports his wife’s career, has taken shared parental leave, and reduced his hours, and a lady who is a technical land engineer working in a male dominated world. 
An external speaker is coming to share techniques about "how to be your best self".  We then have a quiz with a small prize to raise awareness on our diversity statistics, Unconscious Bias etc  We will finally do posts through our intranet and external PR to promote and support the day.

Pinsent Masons

On Wednesday 8 March, we will be marking International Women’s Day at Pinsent Masons with an innovative ‘inspiring girls’ conference at our London office.  The event will benefit around 60 Y10/11 (age 14-16) girls from some of our existing and new partner schools around the UK. 
The girls attending have been identified by their schools to participate because they have a lot of potential but are at risk of not achieving it. Some of the girls are participants in Pinsent Masons' schools mentoring programme which supports students who have been recognised as ‘most able’ or ‘gifted and talented’ but may also be eligible for pupil premium/free school meals. In particular, the students are often the first generation in their family likely to enter higher education and may not have working role model adults outside of school. 
The aim of the day is to inspire the girls, to encourage them to think about their own aspirations and career paths. We are also working with our global partner charity, WE Charity (formerly Free the Children) to encourage the girls to think about gender inequality around the globe and how they can play a part in helping to raise awareness and to tackle the problem.


We are hosting an event in Triton Square where female entrepreneurs who are customers of Santander are coming to showcase their products and be able to sell them to employees. We are hosting two panel sessions which include participation from senior women from Santander and the female entrepreneurs about what it means to be Bold For Change for them personally.  This might be starting your own business, training for a marathon, finding a new job, learning to swim… can be anything!
We are also encouraging all of our locations to host a breakfast/lunch/coffee break out session to celebrate IWD and discuss what is their Be Bold For Change moment going to be in 2017.


So much going on over at Sodexo, who continue to blaze a trail for multinationals around gender equality.

True to its mission of improving the quality of life of its employees and the communities in which it operates, Sodexo has always placed gender balance and the advancement of women at the heart of its economic, social and environmental development. You can read about some of these initiatives in Sodexo’s 2016 Global Diversity and Inclusion Report
Sodexo’s Gender Balance Business Case research shows that gender balance within management teams drives positive business outcomes. Our ultimate goal is to develop gender balanced teams where our people can develop, better serve our consumers and grow our business. You can find out more about the impact of gender balanced teams in this video
As a continuation of our commitment to both gender balance and transparency we recently published our UK gender pay gap and are proud that Sodexo was one of the first companies of its size to do so. 
Sponsoring northern power women
Hosting development sessions on:
  • Gender Intelligence :Take a look at ‘Gender Intelligence’ and why it matters for modern workplace culture. Explore how we can use gender intelligence to shape our own careers, and to support others to be the best they can be. 
  • Influencing Remotely :Learn how to gain commitment for initiatives when working from a distance, to learn four influence techniques that are most effective in a virtual environment.
  • High impact communication skills: Improve your communication skills in a virtual environment. 
  • Flexibility works : Reflect on work life balance and identify ways to enhance your work life effectiveness
  • Beyond Bias :To confront your own biases so that you can practice conscious awareness.
  • I.D. Me - Building Your Brand: Define what you want to be known for, how to identify and develop your brand strengths, and leverage them to enhance career experiences.

Springboard Consultancy

We are attending and presenting at the NHS Englands women's Network conference.
On this year's International Women's Day, our focus is on women's love-hate relationship with their bodies and the confidence (or lack of) that it gives. Thankfully, we came across this fabulous EMBRACE documentary film by Taryn Brumfitt of the Body Image Movement, which is being screened on demand across the UK (link to trailer below); and will be attending this in Bristol as a group with some mature female students. Here's the link:


This is a specific initiative we are doing at Tate Britain. 

The Insolvency Group

Their internal Women’s Network and they are planning a blog for publication on International Women’s Day. 

The Natural History Museum

We will be tweeting in support of IWD and championing women of the museum.
You can follow @NHM_London

The Royal Academy of Engineers

The Royal Academy of Engineering produced a series of online profiles featuring 43 of our female Fellows. The will continue to celebrate the incredible contribution of these individuals.  (click here)

University of Cambridge

Our collaborative events are listed here: 
And our main event is here:
Departments and Colleges are also doing various events on IWD.
If you are looking for inspiration on what to do for International Women Day, could can have a look at the EHRC Working Forward innitiative.

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