Some of you will be aware of the focus on diversity that the IFoA has been progressing, in common with many other firms and organisations.
Some of you will be aware of the focus on diversity that the IFoA has been progressing, in common with many other firms and organisations. International Women's Day (IWD), on 8 March, was marked this year by the Diversity Advisory Group (DAG) and IFoA staff with a number of different activities and communications on the website and on social media.
As part of this, the DAG has set an ambition in support of the 2018 IWD theme #pressforprogress to call on our female members to seek out and put themselves forward for Practice Board and subcommittee membership, working party participation and conference speakers. We would also like to encourage all members to propose female nominations for honorary fellows this year. The aim would be to see if we can strive towards 30% female participation across the spectrum of engagement within the profession. I have been greatly encouraged by the words of support from many within the profession (see below).
To achieve real progress in a reasonable timeframe, we need everyone to play a part. I am therefore calling on all male members of the profession to actively support this ambition, perhaps by encouraging a female colleague to put themselves forward, by making a nomination, or simply by being more aware of discrepancies and disparities.
Please do feel free to contact the DAG ([email protected]) with any comments or suggestions as we continue to strive to support diversity within the profession.
Chair of the IFoA Diversity Advisory Group
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