International Woman’s Day – Inspire Inclusion

International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8th, promotes a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

The theme for 2024, “Inspire Inclusion,” is a powerful call to action, urging individuals, communities, and organisations worldwide to break down barriers and forge a path towards a world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

This year’s theme is a reminder that inclusion is not just a goal but a continuous process of learning, understanding, and embracing diversity in all its forms. Let’s inspire inclusion by amplifying voices, sharing stories, and taking actionable steps to ensure every woman’s achievements and potential are recognised and celebrated.

There’s no doubt that women have come a long way, in our society, from having the right to vote to being able to work – allowing themselves to have a voice that they were, once upon a time, not given the ‘luxury’ of. 

In 2002, it had been 100 years since the Law Society appointed its first female solicitor who has provided a way for many more female solicitors/CILEX lawyers/barristers over the years. 

Legal government bodies such as the Law Society, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the Bar Association have taken a stance in promoting gender equality by introducing what is known as ‘The Women in Law’ pledge. This was introduced with the aim in supporting women progressing into more senior roles along with promoting gender equality and diversity. 

Fortunately, it is not just within the legal profession where we have seen significant growth. 

There have also been young leaders, namely Malala Yousafzai, who fought in providing girls with the right in having an education and, therefore, went on to achieve a noble peace prize.  

We have also seemed encouragement within the sport industry, where we saw Emma Raducanu win the US Open Title in 2021. 

What can I do to inspire and include the future generation of young leaders?

As a member of a charitable, global organisation, known as Girlguiding, my role involves running meetings for young children where our weekly activities range from the girls pretending to be new inventors for the day to playing the great British bake off – inspiring and showing the girls of the opportunities that are out there in addition to creating their own opportunities and breaking those barriers that would help them to succeed. 

Who has inspired me to be where I am today?

With every goal and achievement that one would like to pursue, it is always helpful to have the right support system to help you through the way. Additionally, being exposed to our current and past female leaders has also encouraged me to pursue my passion. 

My take on international women’s day…….

Encouraging the next generation of female leaders, achieving a balance between men and women within our society.  

Matt Blankley​​​​ – Paralegal

My stepmother has been my rock since I made the big move to the UK in 2017. It was not easy starting fresh in a new country where I struggled with the language and everything felt so different. However, through every challenge, big and small, my stepmother was there, offering me strength, guidance and a shoulder to lean on.

She didn’t just take care of me; she went above and beyond, becoming like a teacher and a friend rolled into one. Whether it was helping me navigate the intricacies of daily life or patiently explaining cultural customs, her unwavering support made all the difference. While my biological mum was not around much, my stepmother stepped in and filled that void, always there with a listening ear and a reassuring word.   

Due to her belief in me, I found the courage to push through obstacles and achieve things I once deemed impossible. From the excitement of getting into university to the sense of accomplishment when I graduated with a 2.1 degree, she celebrated every milestone with me, cheering me on every step of the way. And now, as I stand on the brink of my launching career, with opportunities at a prestigious firm like Moore Barlow within reach, I am profoundly grateful for her unwavering love and support. 

She is more than just my stepmother; she is my guiding light, leading me forward with care and encouragement. Her influence on my life has been immeasurable, shaping me into the person I am today and giving me the confidence to pursue my dreams. I cannot thank her enough. 

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