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Breaking Barriers and Championing Inclusion: Reflection on Coronation's 2024 International Women's Day

March 8, 2024

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the incredible achievements of women, not just in grand gestures on the world stage, but also in the everyday triumphs we witness around us. At Coronation, we understand that the financial services industry has traditionally been viewed as a male-dominated field, however, we choose to make a difference by bringing more women into the mix.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Inspiring Inclusion,” struck a chord within me. It echoes the belief expressed by Gloria Steinem: “Don’t think about making women fit the world – think about making the world fit women.” It’s a call to action, not just for acceptance, but for the creation of a world where women can thrive and contribute their unique perspectives freely.

At Coronation, we take this call to action seriously. We understand the immeasurable value of diversity and inclusion. It’s not just about checking boxes; it’s about fostering a culture where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to the table. This, in turn, fosters creativity, innovation, and ultimately, a stronger organization that better reflects the communities we serve.

Personally, I’m constantly inspired by the women I have the privilege of working alongside at Coronation. Their dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment to excellence are a constant source of motivation. They defy stereotypes and ungrounded beliefs, all while navigating the complexities of work-life balance and societal expectations. They are living proof that women can achieve anything they set their minds to, and their stories deserve to be heard and celebrated.

This International Women’s Day, I encourage you to reflect on your own biases- conscious and unconscious, including the role you can play in fostering inclusion. Perhaps it’s mentoring a young woman, advocating for equal opportunities within your own sphere of influence, or simply challenging the assumptions we often make subconsciously. Every action, big or small, contributes to building a world where women are not just included, but empowered.

Together, let’s rewrite the narrative and create a future where the potential of every individual, regardless of gender, is celebrated and nurtured.

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