International Women’s Day is a global initiative that honors the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Occurring on March 8, this annual celebration dates back to 1911. While International Women’s Day recognizes women’s achievements, it also calls for greater inclusion, action and advocacy.
As Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated, “a diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone.” This is connected to the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, which is #BalanceforBetter. “Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue,” the organization states on its website.
A key part of realizing this balance and diversity is encouraging greater gender participation and representation. This starts with enhancing the visibility of female perspectives at conferences, networking events, award galas as well as in editorial publications, which the Security Industry Association’s Women in Security Forum is actively spearheading. It continues with ongoing conversations that feature the varied voices of women in the security industry.
To mark the occasion, we have pulled together five female security executives and asked them to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day and the future of the security industry.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you personally and professionally?