Archant launches week of activity to mark International Women’s Day

Archant will be marking International Women’s Day this week with an internal and external campaign to celebrate women within the organisation and the communities in which we serve.

The initiative has been led by the publisher’s Women’s Network and aims to shine a light on the organisation’s women and the contribution they make to the success of the business.

Archant women filming Tik Toks ahead of IWD

There will be a programme of activity across a seven-day period including lunchtime speaker panels and content published on Archant’s staff website. This will include first person pieces highlighting the first-hand experiences of female and male employees and the growing importance of diversity, equality and inclusion.

IWD theme is breaking the bias

The external campaign is part of a strategic plan to review female representation and equality in journalism across Archant’s newspapers, magazines, newspapers, social media and other channels.

On the day itself, on March 8, the Eastern Daily Press will host a female takeover while there will be extensive coverage throughout the week across the newspaper portfolio.

Dave Powles, Editor of the EDP, will take the Editor’s chair to discuss the importance of gender diversity in the first lunchtime speaker panel alongside Hampshire Life Editor Liz Kirby. The second session will focus on the impact of social media and other digital platforms and its influence on equality, with Social Lead Autumn Lewis and SEO expert Jamie Brown. Finally, Lorna Willis will speak about her career so far and being Archant’s first female CEO.

The Women’s Network is an internal group aimed at supporting and championing female employees and their careers, and feeds into Archant’s ambition to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the employee experience.

The network’s co-chair Laura Adams said: “International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to shine a light on the brilliant work that the women of Archant do — day in, day out.

“From front-line reporters to designers and sales account managers to data analysts, to name just a few, there are women working across the business who deserve so much recognition.

“Alongside this, we need to assess how we represent women through our newspapers and magazines. It shouldn’t be just one day of focus — equality and diversity should be embedded into the heart of our journalism and this initiative is the first step in developing a strategic approach to this.”

Liz Nice, also co-chair, added: “I very much hope that the sessions we are planning will lead to everyone one of us considering our unconscious biases towards particular groups and endeavouring to address them. Sometimes, such conversations can be uncomfortable, but it’s much better to have them than not, I think, because getting things out in the open is the only way to make our work place a better and more inclusive home for all.”

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