International Women’s Day 2022

Celebrating women’s achievements, highlighting bias and encouraging people to take action for equality.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is Break the Bias. Below you'll find inspirational stories from the CMI Community, fresh research and tips on the steps you can take to create a gender-equal workplace, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.

The Big Challenges for a Better Future

Monday 8th March | 5.30pm (GMT)

CMI invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day with us this year as we ‘choose to challenge’ for a better future. You will hear from top leaders, how it feels to be in their position and what support they believe women impacted by this marathon crisis need going forward.

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Women in the pandemic: Small gains but big gaps remain

IWD 2022 Discussion Paper

For International Women’s Day 2022, we’re taking stock of progress to identify the actions that employers need to take to deliver genuinely diverse and inclusive workplaces that are fit for the future. But with only a third of managers reporting mentoring and sponsorship programmes to champion the progression of women and only  1 in 5 managers proactively advocating for women in key projects and promotions our research shows we are falling behind.

As we mark International Women’s Day this year these findings make for uncomfortable reading. We hear a lot from employers about the important, valuable role of women in the workplace. And though there is a lot of great work and progress, overall the figures don’t support the rhetoric.

Ann Francke, Chief Executive, CMI

Key challenges to your career

Watch back as we hear from some of the inspiring voices within the CMI Community about the challenges that they have faced in their career and the advice they would offer to managers today.

Join in the conversation and get involved on social media, using the #IWDCMI.


Breaking the bias

“From challenge comes change.” This is why we are looking to leaders to keep or adopt the policies and practices that we know work. We need to take collective action to ensure gender equality does not regress.

This means adopting a wide-range of good practice approaches such as flexible working, implementing sponsorship and mentoring, supporting and training line managers and removing bias from recruitment and promotion.

Here are five ways to provide yourself and your team with the knowledge to create an inclusive workplace.

Support your team

Now, more than ever, it’s important to ensure your team has the support they need in the workplace. Whether that’s in ensuring flexible working, closing the gender pay gap, or supporting your team’s wellbeing.

Get Educated

Making informed and educated decisions sets the benchmark for inclusivity. CMI offers a range of qualifications, designed to support the needs of those in the workplace, no matter the professional level.

Improve your skills

Chartered Manager Status is about reflecting on achievements and building confidence to take on our changed world. Put yourself and your team on a route to Chartered Status, or improve your team’s Management and Leadership knowledge with Corporate Membership.

Access Mentoring

Influence the next generation of managers to create inclusive and diverse workplaces, or tap into the knowledge and insight of senior managers in their fields with our mentoring support service.

Have your say

Choose to challenge by increasing your network and working together to affect change. CMI’s community networks, including CMI Women, support, encourage and empower individuals and organisations to create inclusive workplaces.

Learn from Leaders

CMI Chief Executive Ann Francke OBE is Board Member of the P&G Alumni Network’s Women in Leadership Forum. In February 2021 she hosted a special event for its UK, Germany and Geneva Chapters, which highlighted leaders’ contributions to gender balance. Hear from high impact women and men promoting gender equality and its effects.

P&G Alumni Network.

Additional Resources

Ensure diversity and inclusivity is firmly on your radar by keeping your knowledge up-to-date.
Here you’ll find some additional resources and webinars to help you to create an inclusive and forward-thinking organisation.

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