By NZISM Secretary
And just like that, it's March! One of the exciting events this month is always International Women’s Day on 8 March. One might ask why, in 2023, we still observe International Women’s Day (IWD). It is a global celebration of the political, cultural, economic, and social achievements of women that also highlights the work that remains to achieve genuine equality. IWD invites us to reflect on gendered or diversity, equality, and inclusivity (DEI) issues and consideration within our own organisations, as well as those organisations that we support and across the industry.
NZISM is very fortunate to support the Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) network in New Zealand. Here it was established in 2010, and the network promotes the equity and advancement of women in the safety profession, striving to continuously influence the industry to address current and future safety challenges affecting women in the workforce locally, nationally, and globally. If you haven’t yet had the chance, explore WISE’s online resources and follow them on LinkedIn.
There is lots going on at the moment to support women. We heard last week that Thomson Reuters, in partnership with WISE, is planning its inaugural Women in Safety Conference. Watch out for further details in the NZISM newsletter. This is such an exciting opportunity for our female Health and Safety Practitioners. Thank you to Thomson Reuters for their leadership in this area; I cannot wait to hear more about it.
It is also timely that on 8th March Selena and our CPD Manager, Sara Dearsly, are hosting the second session in our CPD series called “myCPD Basics”, a step by step walk through of the NZISM myCPD platform, as this nicely aligns with the key theme for the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women: “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. (Although I should be clear that myCPD Basics is, of course, being delivered to benefit everyone!)
International scheduled events you may wish to check out include:
Thank you to all of our wonderful practitioners, and those supporting them.
And of course, we are looking forward to International Men’s Day on November 19.
Thank you for joining the Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) network.
We hold various online and face-to-face events throughout the year and if one occurs near you, we would love to meet you in person.
LinkedIn - Please make sure you join our LinkedIn group to stay connected and on top of our planned webinars and events. We encourage you to post anything in the WISE group page that you think other network members would find useful or inspiring. Please don't be shy. The more we reach out, the more we connect with each other, and the more we can help each other on our journeys.
We might send you the occasional email but our web page on the NZISM website is always the best place to go for an overview of what's coming up in the WISE calendar.
Margaret van Schaik