International Women's Day, IWD, Women empowerment, gender equality, Diversity and inclusion

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Dear Readers,

To all leaders, it is time for us to uplift the voices of women everywhere — those who hesitate to speak up about bias in the workplace and outside of it, and those who are actively advocating against it.

Regardless of gender, International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 on 8 March is a beautiful moment for all of us to reflect on and celebrate the strides made in women empowerment globally. Together, we can take it further and make more progress in support of women's rights socially, economically, culturally, and politically. 

In support of this year's theme, the team at Human Resources Online explores what it means to #BreakTheBias.

While it may not be noticeable to many of us, gender biases and stereotypes have been deeply ingrained into our working norms, influencing the way we work - from our hiring processes to our daily environment/workplace/interactions. Over the coming weeks, HRO has prepared a line-up of stories and interviews, sharing how leaders are breaking the bias for a more inclusive and fair workplace as well as society, going beyond commemorating just IWD once a year. 

We hope these stories inspire you to join us in challenging the bias, and spark change everywhere. 

Happy International Women's Day!

- From your friends at HRO


We will be updating this anchor message with all of our #IWD2022 coverage in the weeks to come. So bookmark this page and revisit often to get the freshest and best DEI perspectives in Asia!

1. IWD 2022: What are HR's biggest DEI challenges?

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For this International Women's Day, HRO spoke to the biggest names in HR & other functions on how they overcome challenges when it comes to DEI. Here's what they had to say. [Read the full story here]

2. IWD 2022: 5 messages to appreciate your colleagues, friends, and loved ones

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Lester Tan puts together messages to uplift and show your support to those around you on the special occasion of International Women's Day. [Read the full story here]

3. IWD 2022: How HR and business leaders are doing their part to #BreaktheBias at the workplace

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25 global leaders and hundreds of wide-reaching DEI initiatives - we celebrate International Women's Day by bringing to you real-life examples of affirmative action that leaders from DBS, AIA, Digi, Freshworks, and more are taking. [Read the full story here]

4. Breaking Barriers: A fighter since young, this leader is speaking up against social and cultural mores

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Having had to work part-time to supplement her family’s income and siblings’ education growing up, here's how Pamela Phua, Product Management Director, Decorative Paints, SESA, AkzoNobel surmounted several walls. [Read the full story hereRead all our Breaking Barriers interviews here.]

5. Steps 15 leaders are taking to break biases in their personal lives

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From having a bias-buddy, to consciously putting a stop to non-inclusive terminology in private usage, fundraising for awareness on women's education, and more, leaders across the world are standing up and taking the step forward to break biases in their personal lives. [Read the full story here]


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