Welcome to our International Women's Day 2024 Celebration!

On the 8th of March, we join the global community in commemorating International Women's Day—a day that honours the achievements, contributions, and resilience of women worldwide.

International Women's Day has a rich history with the first celebration taking place on March 19, 1911! Initially rooted in the fight for women's rights, it has evolved into a global celebration of equality and empowerment. The day serves as a reminder of the progress made and the work yet to be done to ensure a more inclusive world.

Why do we celebrate?

Stereotypes of women in the workplace persist, often ingrained in societal norms and unconscious biases. These stereotypes can range from the expectation of women as easier to replace when they if decide to start a family to assumptions about their leadership capabilities. It's crucial to recognise that these preconceptions are not our fault; they have been deeply embedded in societal structures over time. Acknowledging these stereotypes is the first step towards dismantling them. By understanding and challenging these ingrained perceptions, we pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable work environment where every individual is recognised for their skills, talents, and potential, irrespective of gender.

The theme for International Women's Day 2024 is 'Inspire Inclusion'

Encouraging everyone to grasp the significance of women's inclusion, this theme aims to create a better world.

When women feel inspired to embrace inclusion, it brings a profound sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.

Let's come together to shape a world that embraces and includes women, forging a path towards greater inclusivity for all.

Leadership in Adult Social Care

In the realm of adult social care, the presence and leadership of women are not just important – they are transformative.

Moreover, diversity in leadership within adult social care is essential. Women in leadership roles can offer diverse perspectives, innovative solutions, and a collaborative leadership style. Their ability to navigate complex situations with empathy makes them invaluable leaders in a sector that requires nuanced decision-making and a deep understanding of human needs.

Creating more opportunities for women in leadership roles is not only a matter of equality but also a strategic move towards improved organisational performance. It is about leveraging a variety of skills and experiences to create a more holistic and effective approach to adult social care. As we champion increased representation of women in leadership, we move closer to a future where every individual, regardless of gender, feels seen, heard, and supported in our sector.

Webinars supporting and celebrating women within our workforce

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICS and Integrated Care Northamptonshire have partnered together to bring you fantastic 30-minute virtual webinars supporting and celebrating women within our workforce this International Women's Day.

The theme this year is Inspire Inclusion and we have lined up some great 30-minute webinars allowing you to do just that. Webinars are open to all colleagues working within the LLR ICS and Northants ICN; this includes Health and Care, Emergency Services, Local Authority, and Voluntary and Charity Sector Organisation workforce.

By registering you will be added to our mailing list to receive the full schedule of webinars taking place on Friday 8th March 2024 including the joining links allowing you access. You will also have the option to opt in to receiving other exciting resources to support women at work, recordings of the sessions following the event and news of any future similar events. You can register here: https://forms.office.com/e/6F5QHy9sNy

International Women's Day Resources

If you would like to view other resources created by the official International Women's Day campaign, please visit the link below.

Case Studies - Women Leaders in Adult Social Care

We are lucky in adult social care to have so many strong female leaders. We have asked our members to send in their case studies to inspire others! If you would like to submit your own please email inspiredtocare@leics.gov.uk

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