EA Celebrates International Women’s Day
Today, Friday 8 March 2019, the Education Authority (EA) celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting a special networking event to support and inspire women across the organisation.
EA staff based throughout Northern Ireland, came together to network with colleagues and some of the inspiring female leaders within the organisation including EA Chairperson, Sharon O’Connor and Chief Executive Designate, Sara Long. The leaders shared their professional experiences and discussed what motivates and inspires them as female leaders in one of Northern Ireland’s largest organisations.
Speaking at the event, Sharon O’Connor, Chairperson of the Education Authority said, “Women make up 86% of EA’s workforce, in positions ranging from administrative, catering, cleaning, bus driving, management, senior leadership team and the soon-to-be Chief Executive.
“As such we are committed to addressing any prevailing or persistent barriers women may face in the workplace through learning and development.
Sharon added, “Research has shown that internal women’s networking and acknowledging gender issues within a company can propel awareness, improve the working environment and boost employee confidence, highlighting the importance of events of this nature.”
Today’s event marks the first time that EA has celebrated International Women’s Day and demonstrates a wider organisational commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone. Moving forward, EA plans to continue to recognise key equality and human rights days throughout the calendar year.