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We wish you a Happy Women’s Day!

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Dear readers,

Back in 1910, the International Woman’s Conference put forward a suggestion to mark “International Woman’s Day” on 8 March annually. It was in the Soviet Russia of 1917 however, when 8 March was declared a national holiday, after women gained the right to vote in elections. The United Nations adopted the occasion in 1975.

It’s been more than 100 years since we first talked about this, yet it is noteworthy that we need an occasion to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

Needless to say, big things happen with small changes – so every step counts in the march towards equality, both in and out of the workplace.

This year’s IWD theme is #PressForProgress, and it couldn’t come at a better time – where not just women, but all members of society need to be provided an inclusive voice, while employers must press for gender parity on all fronts.

From the team at Human Resources, we wish you a Happy Women’s Day. 

We hope you have an engaged and diverse workforce this year! On this occasion, let’s affirm our commitment to building all aspects of diversity at the workplace, be it in gender, ethnic background, skills, age, or industry experience.

On the occasion, Human Resources’ Jerene Ang has surveyed more than 20 HR and functional business leaders to find out their priorities on building gender parity in the workforce, and their advice for employers to provide conscious support to the cause.

The first of this series of interviews will be released on 8 March 2018, and a weekly update thereafter – so please stay posted through our daily newsletter, HR Bulletin.


Please click below for some of our top stories on the issue of diversity and inclusion:

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  2. Riddle me this: Are Singaporeans consciously inclusive?
  3. Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Return to Work programme
  4. How-to: Make workplaces more accessible for people with disabilities
  5. Citi Singapore: Making progress on diversity and inclusion
  6. What organisations really need to do for gender diversity
  7. Women directors in SGX-listed companies saw a 20% increase last year
  8. Johnson & Johnson’s Sumeet Salwan on building an inclusive culture
  9. Malaysia shows steady progress on wage equality for women
  10. The key to working with different personalities

You can also stay posted on our latest news, views and interviews by following Human Resources on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.


Interview series

Part one: IWD2018 special: How CapitaLand, DBS, P&G and more are pressing for progress

Part two: Pearls of wisdom: Women leaders share powerful tips on career success

Part three: #PressForProgress: How 3M, Mastercard, TWG Tea, and more are pushing for gender inclusivity

Part four: Journey to the top: Women leaders recount challenges throughout their career

Part five: Wise words from 15 women leaders on career success

Part six: Challenges women face when climbing the corporate ladder

Part seven: Closing the gap: How Henkel, Mondeléz, and more advocate for gender inclusivity

Part eight: Breaking down walls: Women leaders recount career challenges

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Aditi Sharma Kalra

Human Resources Magazine Singapore
When not spending her time eating or watching dog videos, Aditi loves to read, write, and tweet about HR. She is managing print, digital and social content for Human Resources, across Singapore and Malaysia.

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