International Women’s Day is the topic of many posts and content pieces this month, as it should be. At Healix, we believe that women should be supported, promoted, empowered and celebrated. We also know how important it is to put these beliefs into action.
It was the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka RBG) who famously said, "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception." At Healix, we’re proud to say that this is indeed the case with over 60% of our executive and senior leadership team made up of talented women.
We asked some of the brilliant women at Healix to talk to us about what International Women’s Day means to them as a woman in business. Here’s what they had to say:
"On this day, we acknowledge the positive strides taken towards the implementation of gender equality in the workplace. As we reflect on the progress made by women, particularly in the security industry, and consider the road ahead, I believe that all genders, generations, industries and individuals have a role to play in securing a world in which an equitable approach to the workplace is evident and the endeavours of all women sanctioned."
"As a woman in business, IWD is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of women in the workplace, acknowledging female employees for their hard work, dedication and contributions. I also think it is a chance for organisations to discuss the issues that affect women in business, including how they can reduce the gender pay gap and increase female representation at senior level, as well as how best to support female employees physically and mentally."
"International Women’s Day is over a century old – and throughout those years the achievements of women have been celebrated. Today for me is about supporting, empowering and recognising women, ensuring there are equal opportunities for all.
At Healix we have some amazing women leading, driving and being fundamental to our success. I am proud to work in a company where everyone’s opinion matters and where women are a key part of our business."
"I would say that International Women’s Day is a fantastic way of reminding us to look back and see how far women have come in the workplace and look forward to an amazing future. Women have shown themselves to be equals in all areas of work, they bring strong communication skills and emotional intelligence to the workplace often while balancing the needs of their homes and families. The battle for equal recognition and pay continues in many spheres, the gap is closing but we still have a way to go."
The need for continued progress
According to Deloitte, female employment fell at a faster pace than male employment in most of the major world economies in the first half of 2020. In the United States, female employment fell by 17.9% between February and April 2020 compared to a 13.9% decline in male employment. Similarly, in Canada, the pace of decline in female employment during this period was 2 percentage points higher than that for men.
In addition to a decrease in workplace participation, school and preschool closures in 2020 required 672 billion hours of additional unpaid childcare globally, according to the 2022 UN Sustainable Development Report. Assuming the gender divide in care work remained the same as before the pandemic, women would have shouldered 512 billion of those hours.
To help combat these statistics, Healix works to promote a culture that supports a healthy and sustainable work/life balance for its employees. This includes the provision of benefits like hybrid working, flexible working arrangements and professional development opportunities. We are proud to foster an environment in which women are encouraged to be leaders in both their professional and personal lives.