March 8 is ‘International Women’s Day’ (IWD) – Read inspirational stories from across our network
Sunday March 8 is ‘International Women’s Day’ (IWD) – an annual day of celebration during which thousands of events take place across the globe to recognize women’s economic, political and social achievements. This year’s IWD theme is ‘make it happen’.
It’s a clear message: there is no time better than now to take action for advancing gender equality and recognizing women – a mantra that KPMG fully supports.
KPMG people across the globe are taking personal responsibility to help close the gender gap. And this International Women’s day we want to bring some of those stories to light. Below, are just a handful of stories featuring our people and alumni from across KPMG’s global network who are inspiring confidence and empowering change and making it happen in their own way.
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In her 20 plus years at KPMG, Sharon says she has never had traditional working hours, giving her the freedom and flexibility be there for my children as they grew up – both as their dedicated “mommy” and as a successful business woman.
In 2011, Khalid formed Glowork, an organization designed to empower women and increase gender equality in the Saudi workforce. Right now, approximately 60 percent of women with PHDs are unemployed, yet only 15 percent of the current Saudi workforce is made up of women. Glowork is trying to change those numbers.
As a young feminist, Narisha volunteers with several women’s rights organizations. She first got involved with FemLINK Pacific – an organization providing media Initiatives for Women – when she was 16 and recently became the youngest member on their board of trustees.
Growin g up in rural Thailand, Kaisri always knew she wanted to be in the business world. Her career has always been about working hard, doing what’s right for clients and enabling her team to achieve their goals. Through that, she has found professional success – and personal satisfaction.
Farzanah is the National President of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa, the largest and most prominent association of business and professional women in the country. She drives the strategy together with the Board to ensure the empowerment of women in the workforce as well as providing girls in disadvantaged areas with education on gender-based violence and AIDS awareness, as well as career information and guidance.
One of Nancy’s deepest passions is increasing female representation on boards. She believes that businesses have a responsibility to invite different kinds of qualified thinkers to the top, so there can be a chance for real change. Nancy shares her experience on how to get a seat at the table and how to thrive once you’re there in her Book ‘Women on Board’, which she co-authored with WomenCorporateDirectors’ Susan Stautberg.
Olivia shares her thoughts on her generation’s responsibility to build on the progress that’s already been made in terms of female representation in business. For Olivia, that means raising consciousness around the challenges that women – and other groups – face in the workplace.