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Celebrating International Womens Day and Women in Construction Week 2022

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This week signifies two important events in our calendar, as we are not only celebrating International Women’s Day, but it is also Women in Construction Week.  

These two particular events are important to us as our recent expansion means that  80% of our staff are women, including our Managing Director, Cherie Coughlan, in an industry that has a largely male representation. 

International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (March 8th) was first set up to increase the awareness of equal rights for women worldwide, while also celebrating the amazing achievements made by women in their given fields. The organisation also states that the event is an opportunity to lobby for accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities. 

The first International Women’s Day event occurred in 1911 and was supported by over a million people. Fast forward to today, and IWD belongs to all groups collectively and does not apply to a specific country, group or organisation, and is supported by millions across the globe. 

The theme for this year’s event is #BreakTheBias, focusing on the fact that action is needed to make change. You can get involved with the conversation by using the hashtag #BreakTheBias on social media. Find out more about International Women’s Day here.  

 

Women in Construction Week 

Women in Construction week (March 6th – March 11th) is another important event for us as our team being primarily women is an outlying statistic. Women in Construction (WIC) Week highlights women as a visible component of the construction industry while also raising awareness about the opportunities available for women.  

The stigma around women in construction is definitely trending in the right direction though – according to Go Construct , the construction industry currently consists of 14% women, a 3% increase since 2020. Additional data shows from Go Construct states that women contribute towards 37% of new construction industry entrants coming from higher education.  

There have also been improvements in a management sense. A Building.co.uk study shows that a larger percentage of women (64%) aspire to be in a senior management position in comparison to only 54% of males. 

We urge everyone to get involved and share all the information you can regarding both events, as awareness is the best way for the movement to progress.  

 

Cherie Coughlan, Managing Director, said: 

“Having worked in a male dominated industry for some time, it’s great to see an improvement in female representation across the industry in recent years. It’s vitally important that equal opportunities are provided for both men and women in any industry, and events like these will hopefully accelerate the change in narrative and approach. I believe that highlighting the issue and increasing awareness are both fantastic ways to ensure that the issue is addressed.”  

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