It’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on Sunday 8th March 2020. The campaign theme for this year’s IWD is #EachforEqual, which is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism.’ It means that we are all parts of one whole.
Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
At Progeny, we recognise that gender equality is a goal that we should all aim for, not just women. We believe diversity and inclusion is a simple concept – to have the right people, regardless of gender or any other demographic factors, in the right roles.
To mark this year’s IWD, we asked our colleagues from Progeny what #EachforEqual means to them and, crucially, how we can make it happen.
“I am fortunate enough to have two small kids, a boy and a girl. It is inconceivable for me to think that my daughter might have a different chance in life because of her gender and so every day I go to work and ensure in my business and in my world that something like that shall simply never happen, if it is in my power to prevent it.”
Patrick Leoni Sceti, Director
“Having women in leading roles empowers the next generation to strive, to achieve with no limit and encourages a more open, female-orientated conversation in all areas of the business. I am really proud to work for a company that has a high percentage of women on the board; our Compliance, Operations, HR, Communications and Legal teams all have women heading them up. It would be great to see this as the norm in our industry.”
Emily Marland, Financial Planner
“It has to be fundamental to any successful business for it to create a working environment where everyone is performing on a level playing field. It drives the success of the business by driving the right behaviour from all employees. If everyone feels valued and incentivised and they are pulling together, success will come.”
Alistair Scott‑Somers, Director
“Equality is about everybody having a chance and if that person is best for the role, it should be irrespective of gender or race. Financial services has historically had its challenges, but at Progeny we are looking to break that mould.”
Ian Hooper, Director
“Greater effort and focus on recruiting and retaining more women in the financial advice and wealth management industry, at all levels, isn’t just good for gender balance, it’s good for business, good for our clients and good for society.”
Anna Sofat, Wealth Advisor
We can change the culture of financial advice and improve the quality of our own lives as we strive for a better, fairer and more sustainable future for us all. Only by recognising that this is an issue for all of us – not just women – will we be able to build real momentum.
Click to find out more about the International Women’s Day campaign.