Making the world of work safer and healthier for women, everywhere

International Women’s Day (IWD) tomorrow (Tuesday 08 March) is a time to celebrate the achievements of women around the world.

But as well as celebrating women’s achievements, the day raises awareness of the cultural biases faced by women and creates a global platform for us all to take action for equality. As the biggest global employee engagement day of the year, IWD provides the health and safety profession with the opportunity to amplify and reinforce our commitment to helping forge an inclusive world.

IOSH members, volunteers and staff are playing their part by supporting events focused on women in health and safety. Many of these follow the 2022 IWD theme of #BreakTheBias.

Here’s what’s happening.

08 March webinars

10:00-15:00 GMT – the OneWish coalition is hosting a day of Break the Bias presentations and panels. IOSH President and OneWish co-founder Louise Hosking will open the event and participate in the ‘Presidents’ Panel Discussion: the women leading the charge in professional membership organisations’, which starts at 12:45 GMT.

13:00-14:00 GMT – Women and leadership in a post-Covid world is the topic of this Society of Occupational Medicine webinar. IOSH’s Head of Health and Safety, Ruth Wilkinson, will join a panel focusing on what professionals can do to support workplace health and wellbeing, including reproductive health.

18:30-20:00 GMT – expect an insightful discussion at the Break the Bias with IOSH webinar being hosted by our North East of Scotland Branch. IOSH President Louise Hosking and Chief Executive Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher will be among the panellists sharing their experiences around bias, discrimination and inequality faced by women across the globe. They will also consider what can make a positive change.


How has Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher found her first six months in the job as IOSH Chief Executive? Find out in her IOSH magazine podcast, along with her thoughts on how OSH practitioners have earned the recognition they deserve through the Covid-19 experience, and why we should all be optimistic about the future.

Look out also for IOSH President Louise Hosking’s Psych Health & Safety podcast with psychologist Jason Schie (it’s also available on Spotify).


IOSH magazine

If you’ve signed up to receive regular e-alerts from IOSH magazine, keep an eye on your inbox on 08 March to see a special International Women’s Day feature profiling a number of leading women health and safety professionals from around the world. You can also catch a video, ‘Celebrating women in health and safety’, which was produced for IMD 2021. If you’ve not yet registered to receive these alerts, you can register here.


Another key platform to follow on International Women’s Day will be the IOSH LinkedIn feed, where IOSH President Louise Hosking will be sharing her thoughts for the day and some tips for women working in safety and health.

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Jeremy Waterfield
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