A Celebration of Women on International Women’s Day 2022

Happy International Women’s Day from everyone at FLIT Invest! For 2022, the IWD campaign theme is #BreakTheBias focusing on creating a world free from stereotypes and discrimination where women are included and celebrated. Gender equality is the foundation upon which a just, sustainable and moral society is founded. Every choice has the opportunity to change tomorrow; together, we can #BreakTheBias. The International Women’s Day campaign has 7 missions; read on to discover what they are and hear about extraordinary women in those fields.

The Missions

Women and Technology: To celebrate digital advancement and champion the women forging innovation through technology. Women led innovations that change the world for the better.

Spotlight on: Rocío van Nierop

Rocío is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Latinas in Tech. Rocío has been an advocate for tech inclusion, participating in multiple boards of charitable organizations that push forward the participation of underrepresented minorities.

Read more: https://latinasintech.org/teams/rocio/

Women at Work. To forge inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive and to celebrate their achievements. Women in work benefit everyone – diversity wins.

Spotlight on: Alexandra Knight

Alexandra is the Founder & CEO of STEMAZING. Her mission is to empower more women in STEM to be confident, visible role models and inspire the next generation through STEM to build a more diverse and inclusive future STEM workforce. 

Read more: https://www.stemazingltd.com/

Women Forging Change.To elevate women forging change via technology and sustainability in communities, workplaces and beyond. Be the change you want to see.

Spotlight on: Sherifah Tumusiime & Peace Kuteesa 

Sherifah and Peace are Co-Founders of ZimbaWomen. They enable the empowerment and development of female entrepreneurs across Africa by increasing market accessibility through e-solutions and technology. 

Read more: https://www.zimbawomen.org/team

Women Creatives. To celebrate women creatives’ work and elevate the visibility of commercial projects and commissions. Define and reinvent your terms.

Spotlight on: Maria-Eugenia Pineda Melendez 

Maria-Eugenia is the Country Director Mexico for Aid to Artisans. She creates economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world by providing training in product development, business skills and eco-effective processes. 

Read more: http://creativelearning.org/our-team/

Women’s Empowerment. To shine a spotlight on activity uplifting and inspiring women to pursue goals without bias or barrier. Passion projects and taking up space.

Spotlight on: Jessica Posner Odede 

Jessica is the CEO of GirlEffect. She creates content that empowers girls to make choices and changes in their lives. Stimulates confidence to act differently and be in control of their body, health, learning and livelihood.

Read more: https://global.girleffect.org/who-we-are/our-people/jess-posner-odede/

Women’s Health. To assist women to be in a position of power to make informed decisions about their health. They are stamping out the gender bias in medicine and body autonomy.

Spotlight on: Linda Goler Blount 

Linda is the President & CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative. She advocates for policies that improve health outcomes for Black women and families through education and engagement.

Read more: https://bwhi.org/bwhi-staff/

Women and Sport. To celebrate women athletes and applaud when equality is achieved in pay, sponsorship and visibility. Performance, pressure and progress.

Spotlight on: Stef Strack 

Stef is the Founder of Voice in Sport Foundation. She created a platform designed to accelerate progress in Women’s Sports by elevating and championing the voice of girls and women in sports. 

Read more: https://www.voiceinsport.com/about

Think of a woman that inspires you and share and celebrate their achievements this International Women’s Day. It can be someone near and dear, a work colleague, a role model in your industry, or a historical female that paved that way for us!

Celebrate their greatness in a way that speaks most authentic to you. Or even go one step further and vote with your dollars for gender equality – invest in companies that empower and advocate for women’s rights. Take a look at our investment themes to see how gender equality is addressed across our portfolios. Invest today for a better future!

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