Inspiring Inclusion

Inspiring Inclusion

Inspiring Inclusion #IWD2024

Inspire Inclusion encourages everyone to recognise the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, including those from marginalised communities.

One of the key pillars of promoting and inspiring Inclusion is the promotion of diversity into leadership and decision-making positions.

This International Women’s Day, it’s imperative to amplify the stories and achievements of Black women and create spaces where their voices are heard and valued.

It is also a great time to demonstrate allyship or take action to amplify the voices of women, particularly, black women.

“International Women’s Day serves as a poignant reminder to uplift and empower Black women who have historically faced systemic barriers and discrimination.”

This International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate and uplift the diverse experiences and achievements of Black women by amplifying their voices and stories.



Inclusion for Black women

Inclusion for Black women is not just a matter of diversity but a necessity for true gender equality.

In conversation, this week with GatenbySanderson for #IWD2024 with over 250 local government, healthcare and education leaders exploring the topic of inclusive leadership and inspiring black women into leadership.

Black women have long been at the forefront of social justice movements, advocating for equality and change. Yet, their voices and experiences are often sidelined or overlooked.

Black women often face double discrimination, not only because of their gender but also because of their race. One of the most significant challenges facing Black women is the intersectionality of race and gender discrimination.

This intersectionality black women face, results in unique barriers in various aspects of life, including education, employment, healthcare, and representation in leadership roles.

‘Companies must prioritise diversity and inclusion initiatives that go beyond mere tokenism because it is lonely and isolating when you are the first or only one’

Therefore, promoting inclusion for Black women requires addressing both racial and gender inequalities simultaneously in the workplace to create an inclusive environment.

We must provide support to actively recruit and retain black women in leadership positions, implement policies to address unconscious bias, promote mentorship and sponsorship programmes and provide support for black women’s mental health.


Representation Still Matters

Representation matters, especially in education, healthcare and local government where stereotypes and misrepresentation perpetuate harmful narratives,

This rinse-and-repeat playbook which has impacted marginalised communities throughout history is still at work today, as some of the biggest barriers and challenges within education, healthcare or the criminal justice system are a direct result of both historic and systemic racial hierarchal structures.

Inclusive policies and legislation are also vital in addressing systemic inequalities that disproportionately affect Black women.

Advocating for policies that promote equal pay, healthcare access and criminal justice reform is essential in advancing the rights and well-being of Black women.

By advocating for intersectional approaches to policymaking, we can create a more just and equitable society for all women, regardless of race or background.

If we increase representation in leadership we can challenge stereotypes, break down barriers, and inspire future generations of Black women to pursue their dreams unapologetically.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s recommit ourselves to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Organisations that harness the full potential of their diverse workforce and drive innovation and success.

By standing in solidarity and uplifting each other, we can create a more inclusive and equitable world where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Let’s inspire a culture of inclusion and belonging for Black women and pave the way for a brighter and more inclusive future for all. Today, let’s celebrate the resilience, strength, and achievements of Black women around the world.