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UKROEd celebrating International Women’s Day


International Women’s Day was first launched in 1911, at a time when there was much oppression and inequality for Women.  In many ways some of this inequality still exists today.

We at UKROEd fully support this cause which aligns with our core values of equality, diversity, and inclusion. Legislation also features in respect of this inequality with the Equality Act 2010 ensuring that we eliminate both direct and indirect discrimination.

UKROEd chief executive Ruth Purdie OBE explains: “It is so important to support everyone to be the best that they can be. I therefore feel it is important to support International Women’s Day to highlight the important part that women do play in all aspects of the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme and road safety in general.

“IWD is a good opportunity to reflect and celebrate the huge progress and positive changes that have been made, increasing not only the representation of females in the industry, but in senior positions too, which then gives other women role models to show the glass ceiling can and is being broken. Equality is important because a team needs people with different viewpoints and ideas to move forward and be one step ahead.

“Different experiences and skills in a group will always help a team perform better together and make more informed and creative decisions. It also means the wellbeing of all colleagues are considered as people understand individual needs and how to help each other.”

Embracing and embedding diversity and inclusion makes good business sense. Research shows that organisations with diverse leadership teams perform better financially. By empowering women and providing them with equal opportunities for career advancement, we can tap into a broader talent pool, foster innovation, and drive sustainable growth.

Supporting IWD is not just a one day initiative. It’s part of an ongoing commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment which forms a central part of the work we carry out in this field. It involves implementing policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion within UKROEd, fostering a supportive work environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

By championing this cause, we reaffirm our dedication to building a more equitable world where every individual, regardless of gender, has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

Continue to read about IWD and what it means to people in our own organisation and the wider road safety arena.  The March edition of UKROEd’s INROEdS Bulletin will feature ‘Looking back on International Women’s Day’.

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