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International Women's Day

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International Women's Day provides an opportunity to showcase our commitment to gender equality, launch new initiatives and actions, celebrate colleague's achievements, and raise awareness.
The theme of this year's International Women's Day was #BreakTheBias 

Events our colleagues attended during March 2022

#BreakTheBias: Kirsty Rogers (DWF's Head of Environmental, Social & Governance) hosted a conversation with the Government Legal Department's Treasury Solicitor, Susanna McGibbon, on her journey as only the second women to hold her role, how the Government Legal Department are improving diversity, the issues they are facing, and how we can all #BreakTheBias.

Exploring Imposter Syndrome: DWF and Enterprise Rent-a-Car delivered an interactive webinar to explore imposter syndrome and the psychology behind this phenomenon. We heard from DWF and Enterprise Rent-a-Car colleagues about their personal experiences and advice on preventing imposter syndrome. 

Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world: As part of our 5 Star Futures education programme for schools, students heard from female leaders within DWF about their career journey, the challenges they faced, and the opportunities they have had and things they wished they had known when they started their career journey.

Which fashion designers empower women more?: A virtual discussion on global fashion, cultural sensitivity and how we can #BreakTheBias: Mohab Khattab (DWF Arabia CEO) hosted a discussion with our D&I Leadership and Gender Strand Leadership groups on female led fashion in Arabia. We explored how we can empower women, build awareness and #BreakTheBias on a global scale.

Internally, our colleagues were also able to register for International Women's Day events delivered by our partners Everywoman, Bupa and Workplace Options

New initiatives & resources for 2022

We will be using International Women's Day as an opportunity to launch some new initiatives designed to support our colleagues and create a better gender balance. These include:

- Launching our new Returning Parent Support Network
- Publishing new guides on gender allyship
- Promoting Women's Health resources
- Increasing visibility of our menopause support as well as holding virtual menopause sessions
- Profiling role models throughout the business and encouraging more to step forward to increase visibility and share their experiences.

Please note: We acknowledge that not all of our colleagues identify with binary genders. This programme of activity is designed to be inclusive of those who identify as women as well as non-binary and trans individuals.

Watch our previous International Women's Day events

DWF and Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Hard Choices

In this webinar, we explored how every choice we make presents risks, but also opportunity and hope. Join colleagues at various points in their career from DWF and Enterprise Rent-A-Car who share how their hard choices have shaped who they are today. 

A walk in our shoes

Take a walk in the shoes of 3 women, at 3 different points in their careers and in 3 different environments. But – who are they individually?
A walk in our shoes

In this session we will explored the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnicity (BAME) women across different sectors and how we can all apply an intersectional lens to our behaviours to foster a culture of inclusion. On International Women's Day we celebrate women, and today, we celebrate BAME Women.

Join our panellists: Vivian Anumba, Senior Claims Adjuster, Canopius, Farhana Mukith, Barrister, 12 Kings Bench Walk and Amanda Amorighoye, Paralegal, DWF

Hosted and moderated by: Naveen Gupta, Partner, DWF


Poetry reading with Marjorie Lotfi

Marjorie Lotfi, is a poet, a seasoned performer and a facilitator of creative writing. Marjorie's poetry examines journeys and questions of belonging, particularly relating to the experiences of refugees and migrants. 
Poetry reading with Marjorie Lotfi

This reading will take its starting point in 1970s Tehran, with Iran on the cusp of revolution, and explores ideas of flight, journey and assimilation. Click below to listen to Marjorie's poetry intertwined with her personal experience and creative process.


#ChooseToChallenge Conversation

Hosted and moderated by: Kirsty Rogers, Partner and Gender Strand Co-Lead, we have assembled a panel of inspiring women who have led the way in their careers and become change makers to create a more equal, fair and just world for us all. 
#ChooseToChallenge Conversation

Featuring Claire Darwin, Barrister, Matrix Chambers who worked on the high profile equal pay claim against the BBC and Robin White, Barrister, Old Square Chambers who led a major step forward for the LGBTQ+ community in the recent landmark Jaguar Land Rover case that ruled 'gender is a spectrum'. 

Inspiring Women Workshop

Listen to our interactive Inspiring Women & Girls workshop where we were joined by colleagues who work in different roles across our business.
Inspiring Women Workshop

In this session, they shared personal experiences and their career journeys, followed by a Q&A session: Featuring Nadia Omar Solicitor, Professional Indemnity & Commercial, Mayura Mali Assistant Vice President Mindcrest University, Izabela Szczygielska Partner.