International Womens Day

05 March 2019

Hello All CMI in Scotland.

I’m not sure if you know me, I’m Renee Raper, Chartered Manager and FCMI, and your Women Champion on the Scottish CMI Regional Board. I find it hard to believe that we still have a gender in-balance and still need to champion women in the workplace. In the dark ages when I began my career, as a woman I had to make the tea (not a man’s job) and later when I married, I found I’d been taken off the management development programme as I had ceased to be permanent staff!  We’ve come a long way I’m pleased to say but there’s still room for improvement.

As the CMI says, “Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue.”  For example, CMI research reports that workplace equality could add £150bn to the UK economy by 2025.

So how can we make a difference

Friday March 8th was International Women's Day (IWD) 2019 when we celebrated and commemorated the inspiring achievement of women around the world. This year IWD was focused on building a gender balanced world with a campaign to achieve #BalanceforBetter in our work and personal life. Not that it’s just for one day, the campaign runs all year and you can get involved through the active work of the CMI and CMI Women.

And one achievement to celebrate this week for Scottish Women was by Dr Jenna Ross, from Aberdeenshire, on being awarded the CMI Student of the Year. Well done Jenna.

So, let’s make a difference together in Scotland. If you have any ideas for events, requests or comments about how we can work towards gender balance in Scotland and celebrate IWD 2020, please let myself and our Regional Scottish CMI Board know.


Renée Raper MSc, CMgr FCMI
CMI Scottish Women Champion and Board Member 
renee.raper@scotland-cmi.org.uk