March 5, 2020 - Blog

International Women’s Day 2020 – #EachforEqual

Paula Morris - Branding Specialist, Version 1

An Equal World is an Enabled World

This year’s International Women’s Day theme, #EachforEqual, is centred around forging a more equal world. Today is about celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also acknowledging a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The #EachforEqual theme means challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, improving situations and celebrating women’s achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world. At Version 1, it is also very important for us to recognise that this day means something different to people in different locations around the world. Whether this means a gender-equal boardroom, a gender-equal government, gender-equal media coverage, gender-equal workplaces, gender-equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth, #EachforEqual today applauds the progress being made in making the world a more balanced place for women worldwide.

 

Our Journey So Far

At Version 1, we focus on making our workplace a more diverse and inclusive environment for all every day. Since #IWD19, we have made great strides.

  • We were named as a Best Workplace for Women in recognition of our commitment to developing and promoting practices that make sure women in our workplace have a fair and positive work experience. This award takes the global standard Best Workplaces methodology as its basis, and recognises those organisations that go above and beyond to ensure that the women in their workforce are treated fairly when it comes to pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities; where they can take the time off they need to attend to childcare or other family commitments; and where they are encouraged, empowered, and supported to do their best work.
  • Last year, 67% of promotions to our Senior Management Team were women.
  • We also released our annual Gender Pay Gap Report. When we compared pay for equal or similar work across our organisation, the gap was lower than 2%. Our plan is to achieve a year on year improvement in our gender pay gap and balance of male-to-female employee ratio.
  • Separately, we were proud to sponsor, for the second year running, ‘’Women in Tech NI Conference’’, organised by Women in Business NI. This inspirational one-day event gathered both female and male role models who innovate, challenge and embrace technology.

These efforts have resulted in a tangible change in culture over the past year thanks to a consistent, determined focus on Inclusion at Version 1. Our commitment to driving and fostering Diversity & Inclusion is central to achieving a great workplace and delivering well-rounded diverse business solutions.

#IWD20 in Version 1

We have celebrations ongoing throughout our offices to highlight the #EachforEqual message of International Women's Day 2020.

Herstory Quiz
To kickstart International Women's Day we ran our annual Herstory Quiz, testing our employee's knowledge about important women throughout history.
Tea and Thanks
Internally we had "Tea and Thanks" in each office – we took special time out to thank women who have positively influenced our Version 1 journies to date.
Praise Wall
Our virtual praise wall allows us to give thanks, and highlights the array positive role models promoting equality throughout our organisation.

Photos of the Day

Check out some photos of the day below or discover more updates from the rest of our offices throughout the day on on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Veeranjaneyulu Suda, Tiff De Conduin and Amy Carannante enjoying the day.

 

Our happy Cork office enjoying “Tea and Thanks”.

 

Our Belfast office is well prepped for our #IWD20 talk with Hazelwood College and Coláiste Feirst.

 

Miguel Vilhena and Aoibhe Cantwell striking the #EachforEqual pose in front of our virtual Praise Wall, Dublin.

 

Our Belfast office had plenty of fantastic pledges for the day.

 

Emily Owen making her pledge in our London offices.

 

Great pledges from our Version 1 women throughout our offices today.

 

Our Redditch offices ready for the celebrations this morning.

 

Treats galore for our Dublin crew.

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