Imperial - through the passionate efforts of its Global Women's Forum - celebrated International Women's Day by participating in a number of initiatives. The theme of this year’s global campaign - #EachForEqual - draws attention to the difference individuals can make. It also draws attention to the idea that gender inequality isn’t a women’s issue, but an economic one - as gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
“This powerful message resonated with the women of Imperial,” explains Esha Mansingh, Imperial’s Investor Relations and Communications Executive and Chairman of their Global Women’s Forum. “It inspired us to work together to empower and uplift some of society’s most vulnerable women.”
In South Africa, volunteers supported the work of the Caring Women's Forum - putting together 600 care packages for child rape victims. Dressed in pink, our men and women alike worked side by side to assemble the packs and prep them for delivery. The contents are humbling - including basic food items and a teddy bear - but will help to bring some comfort as part of the trauma counselling process. In our business across the rest of Africa, our women marked the occasion by handing out chocolates to all staff - a small token with a big message of awareness and empowerment.
In Germany, efforts were in support of TrebeCafé - a charity which provides homeless girls and young women with a secure space where they can care for themselves, get a warm meal and receive counselling. Imperial staff generously donated clothing, shoes, cosmetics and hygiene products for these young women - many of which are homeless or victims of domestic abuse.
“An equal world is an enabled world," says Mansingh. “Each of us, in some small way, can make a tangible difference to the women who live their lives under the most difficult conditions,” she concludes.