Today, 8 March 2022, is the 111th International Women's Day. This year's theme is #BreakTheBias and focuses on gender stereotypes and prejudices. We want to use this occasion to draw attention to these very inequalities and prejudices and promote the importance of a gender balanced workplace.
Not only do we want to inspire, but we also want to make women more visible.
That's why we asked our colleagues around the world what gender equality means to them. Together, we can all #BreakTheBias - see for yourself.
Marit Bading, Marketing Manager
"All genders are free to pursue whatever career, lifestyle choice and abilities they want without discrimination."
Tonia Beuscher, Personal Assistant
"Gender equality means girls and women are not afraid of taking risks – putting themselves out there to gain experience and resilience."
Mike Beswick, Business Development, Marketing and Communications Director
"At Taylor Wessing I'm proud that we have a culture of meritocracy where great ideas come from all levels, genders and races and all voices are welcome and respected around the table."
Tanusree Bose, Business Development Executive
"I will encourage more women in leadership roles."
Dubai, Middle East
Rushnah Cassim, Senior Client Development Manager
"Second generation working mum, keeping my mother's virtues alive."
Chloe Chan, Partner
"Equality makes a brighter tomorrow. Break the bias today!"
Hong Kong, China
Amie Corry, Trainee Solicitor
"I continue to work hard and allow my work to speak volumes. I also find it important to empower and encourage others around me to be themselves and do the same, understanding that we are all the same but different and that's okay."
Laura Coucke, Associate
"I believe gender equality affects us all, it is not a woman’s issue but a human issue. I choose to break the bias."
Bart Hunnekens, Partner
"I choose to stand up for gender equality. Together, we can break the bias."
Karolina Lange-Kulmann, Partner
"For me, gender equality means that women are finally valued just as much as men."
Avis Lau, Counsel
"It’s not about age, gender or race. It’s always about selecting the best person for the job."
Hong Kong, China
Emilie van Lierop, General Counsel
"Imagine a gender equal world, free of discrimination and stereotyping. I believe that together we can break the bias."
Miriam-I. Mundhenk, Salary Partner
"Let’s sharpen our awareness of inequalities and see the benefits of change to make gender equality a reality."
Fritz-Ulli Pieper, Salary Partner
"For me, gender equality means meeting each other with empathy and respect, disregarding gender as a judgmental criterion."
Claire Desjardins, Associate, and Sophie Pignon, Partner
"Take full advantage of paternity leave."
Wendy Tomlinson, UK Talent Director
"Breaking the bias by empowering women to achieve success for themselves and others."