9 March 2023

Celebrating remarkable women – IWD 2023

It was standing room only at our International Women’s Day event yesterday evening and it was joyful to bring together a group of strong, powerful, and inspirational women.  And some men!

In collaboration with our friends at the British Kosovar Chamber of Commerce, we celebrated the lives of some remarkable women from the world of politics, business, and academia.  They explained their journeys in life – the highs and lows, ups and downs and adversities along the way moderated by the motivational and equally impressive Adelina Badivuku.

We were privileged to be joined by the former president of Kosovo, President Atifete Jahjaga who questioned why women are judged on their looks, their haircut, and their clothes rather than delivering results.  She also explained about the tremendous work being done to support the victims of sexual violence in Kosovo.

Labour peer Baroness Judith Blake stressed how important it is to be heard – to have a voice and ensure women have an opinion, make an impact, and affect decision making.

Caroline Baldwin, a local businesswoman and entrepreneur, focused on the importance of building a network and forging and nurturing connections as well as the difficulties female led businesses still encounter when it comes to raising investment.

Professor Nora Weller explained that as a young girl, she aspired to attend the University of Cambridge and despite hurdles being flung in her way, she made that happen, demonstrating that there are no limits to what can be accomplished.

We educated the room on the progress made thus far, the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic and the journey ahead.  Melanie Carroll reported that the pandemic exacerbated pre-existing inequalities – and that the mission has been set back by decades.

Our employment team Susanna Spencer explored how changes to early years childcare could be the catalyst for real change.  They also shared some staggering statistics on sexual harassment and the proposed amendments to the law.  Lastly, they explored how the law treats the menopause and whether this may change in the future.

Finally, we deep dived into collaboration with Nazlia Bala and Fi Glover.  We focused on how women can build each other up and how critical it is for women to work together – and not tear each other apart.

One of the themes that pervaded the event was the important role men must play to ensure equality. As broadcaster and journalist Fi Glover concluded, the best person to persuade a man to a way of thinking, is another man.

I was blown away by the passion and commitment on display from our esteemed speakers and the networking afterwards reinforced how powerful the event had been.

Bolt Burdon is extremely proud to support International Women’s Day and we reaffirm our allegiance to the cause of achieving true equality for women.

In the words of the formidable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “women belong in all places where decisions are being made”.  Forwards we go!

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