• SGN Press release


    Colleagues share selfies to #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day 2018


    8 March 2018

    Colleagues from across our company are marking International Women’s Day 2018 by sharing selfies of their #PressforProgress pledges in support of gender parity.

    International Women’s Day is an event held annually on 8 March to inspire women across the world to celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements throughout history and today. This year’s theme, #PressforProgress, is about motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive in order to accelerate gender parity. According to the World Economic Forum, women will not achieve gender parity with men until 2133 at our current rate.

    Across the company, our colleagues have been demonstrating their support for the #PressforProgress campaign by sharing selfies of their own personal pledges to help accelerate gender parity. Here’s just some of the pledges our people have been making today: 


    As a company, it’s not just on International Women’s Day that we’re focused on progressing gender parity. In recent years, we’ve taken our own steps to close the gender gap and we will continue to do so in the years to come. We’re committed to achieving greater representation of women and other underrepresented groups by using fair and inclusive practices to attract and retain the best talent.

    Kirsty Richardson, our Head of Employee Experience, said: “We’re delighted to recognise and celebrate International Women’s Day.  This important day allows us to showcase employee stories, stimulate conversations on gender diversity and inspire our people to take bold steps to improve their working lives. Today we’re hearing from senior females from technology, engineering and HR who’ll be sharing their career journeys and offering useful advice.

    “This year is more poignant because it’s the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote. We can all pledge our support to #PressforProgress. On a personal level, I pledge to influence the beliefs and actions of others. What’s great about our era compared to the suffragettes is social media, which means everyone can get involved if they choose to. Every pledge counts as an action, so take that step.”