Our Perth Office celebrates International Women's Day

Friday, 9 March, 2018

Many of our offices took time yesterday (8 March) to celebrate International Women's Day. Our Perth Team had a very enriching, informative and inspiring day!

ELA Perth was invited by the Coffey team to attend their International Women’s Day afternoon tea, where Helene Fung, Chair of WA Women in Engineering, was a guest speaker.  Helene is a key representative of the world’s largest technical professional society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which is responsible for one-third of all literature in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering, founded by the likes of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Nikola Tesla.  Helene came to share some of the initiatives IEEE are working on to promote a pipeline of diverse talent into tomorrow's workplace and develop future innovators. 

Nicole McAlinden from the Perth office also attended the UN International Women’s Day breakfast, where guest speakers delivered sobering addresses on the challenges for women both here in Australia, and overseas.  UN Women promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality through enhancing women’s leadership and participation, ending violence against women, enabling women’s economic empowerment and making gender equality central to planning and budgeting at all levels of government. 

Attending these events makes us proud to be working for a company that supports women’s equality in the workplace.  We have a high number of women in a range of roles across ELA, with all four of or regional manager roles across Australia filled by strong, kind women.  International Women’s Day also reminds us that we have a long way to go before we see real change in the workplace, and that equality is not something to be complacent about.  It is our responsibility, regardless of gender, to continue to challenge stereotypes, push for diversity and #PressforProgress before we can truly make a positive difference for women.