International Women's Day 2021 | Razan Abdelgadir, Inclusion and Engagement Partner, Oliver James

International Women's Day 2021 | Razan Abdelgadir, Inclusion and Engagement Partner, Oliver James

Razan Abdelgadir

08 March 2021

by Razan Abdelgadir

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Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. and as part of our DE&I strategy, we have focused on gender throughout the quarter with a commitment to LISTENING, LEARNING, and IMPROVING in challenging gender bias and inequality. We each have different experiences, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, but crucially, our strength lies in how we embrace and harness these differences.

As the Inclusion and Engagement Partner, I work globally across Oliver James to ensure we live up to our company values and deliver the best experience for our employees, delivering excellence across Diversity Equality & Inclusion (DE&I), Corporate Social Responsibility, and Wellness and Well-being.

In support of International Women's day we are running activity throughout the week focussing on women in the workplace and the role that we all have to play. Make sure you visit our Linkedin page which will be taken-over for the week, providing a platform to discuss gender along with making it clear how OJ is committed to creating an environment where everyone has a fair and equal opportunity.

  • Tuesday 9th March: The highlights from our International Women’s Day event: Choose to Challenge with Natasha Clarke

  • Tuesday 9th March: A snapshot of our Women attraction, promotion, and progression roundtable with Deborah Richards, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IBM

  • Wednesday 10th March The talking points from the Attraction, promotion, and progression in the legal sector session with Sarah Charlesworth, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at DWF

  • Thursday 11th March The key takeaways from today’s Choose to Challenge event with Natasha Clarke

  • Friday 12th March: A showcase of our confidence building session with Donna Fraser, OBE

We have also introduced a number of initiatives and programmes, and are hosting internal and external focus groups with our experienced partners, upskilling our leadership team, and taking a deep dive into our policies, procedures, and the way we source talent, to ensure that everything is being looked at through an inclusive lens.

By doing so, we can further support our clients and partners on their own D&I journey, and can also ensure that as a business, we are providing the best environment where all our differences are celebrated and our people can prosper without challenge.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us all to reflect, recognise, and acknowledge the challenges that women face every day across the world. It is important that as a business, we take responsibility to not only acknowledge and recognise these challenges, but actually do something about them.

Identifying why these challenges and obstacles exist is the first step to taking positive action. 

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