COVID-19 has impacted women and girls worldwide in profound ways, amplifying the inequalities and challenges they face each day. That’s why this year in particular is especially important to highlight International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme for 2021 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” IWD is a way to share the fundamental idea that diverse women’s voices and experiences are central to helping the world recover and grow.
This year’s International Women’s Day focuses on women in leadership and pursuing equality in a COVID-19 world. To honor female leaders across the globe, We pledge to elevate the voices of our female colleagues through their participation in events, webinars, and activities to foster engagement and important conversations around the challenges women face each day.
Our culture underlines the importance of hearing these voices. From the end of February through to the end of March, PRA Health Sciences has had multiple events tailored to hearing and amplifying women’s voices. Read below the events that took place to honor women in leadership across the globe. (These are just some of the ongoing efforts being made by our people in this regard.)
On February 25, PRA hosted a virtual event where activist Chelsea Kwakye, author of Taking Up Space, contributed her perspectives about her book in a conversation with Tinaya Gray, Director of Project Delivery and member of PRA’s Women of Color in Pharma (WOCIP). The two shared their insights on labels like Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and how important communities are in supporting others with their mental health. This event was attended by close to 300 people, and the PRA Culture Book Club is giving away 50 copies of the eBook and will be hosting two book club discussions in follow-up.
On IWD, March 8, PRA is delivering workshops on “50 ways to fight bias across Asian Pacific American Communities (APAC)” in conjunction with LeanIn. These workshops are live, virtual events taking place in 16 global locations.
Additionally, the PRA Arts and Crafts for Relaxation Club is creating a virtual patchwork quilt to share in the PRA community. The idea originated from the international club, with 11 contributors from UK, Canada, US, and Germany. The club also teamed with a Charity “Knitted Knockers” to make gentle prosthetics during post-mastectomy care, an ongoing commitment from the club.
PRA will also be collecting #ChooseToChallenge pictures and pledges and will be taking part in this year’s Moving Ahead Gender Balance Summit. The Summit includes a global community of guests and more than 20 speakers, storytellers, and performers who will share their insights and perspectives on this year’s IWD theme.
Finally, in the coming days, PRA will be hosting a webinar with Hanan Ashegh Founder of the Goodwill Caravan, which provides refugees in Greed with emergency care, clothes, and food.
We’re proud of our company’s culture and people-focused environment. We strive to continue creating and maintaining a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive culture for our people where respect, honesty, empathy, integrity, and passion are at the core of everything we do. We strive to ensure that all colleagues at PRA feel accepted, connected, safe, and secure in their working environment.
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