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International Women’s Day (IWD) acknowledges the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women while advocating and pushing for gender parity.

Barclays has been a long-time supporter of IWD and continues to raise awareness of gender issues, not only within the organisation but across the industry, as well as implementing steps across its business to address challenges and support its female population. Barclays was the first financial services company to sign up to the UN’s HeForShe campaign when it launched in 2015, and Barclays’ CEO, Jes Staley is one of the UN’s Corporate Impact Champions; Barclays is the only financial services firm represented.

As we mark IWD 2017, Barclays will be building on the success of previous years engaging more men as advocates and agents of change for gender equality and women’s rights, as well as encouraging them to speak out and take action against inequalities faced by women. Barclays recognises that gender equality is not a female issue alone, and to address it in a meaningful way, it must create an environment where all colleagues, irrespective of gender, feel they have equal opportunities to contribute to the discussion and ultimately be able to pursue their career ambitions.

It is with this focus and as part of its IWD focused activities that Barclays will be launching male ally networks throughout its global offices. These networks will ensure there’s a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue across the organisation driving and advocating change. It will also be looking to grow its cohort of HeForShe supporters and encourage those who have already pledged their support to recruit more individuals irrespective of gender or grade.

These activities are complemented by the work Barclays is doing externally to engage its stakeholders and the broader industry. For example, Barclays recently hosted an event at Parliament with government and clients to explore the work that has been done to support women in business and how this can be enhanced and developed.

Meet Wendy Papworth, who leads Barclays’ work on the gender agenda Meet Wendy Papworth, who leads Barclays’ work on the gender agenda Jes Staley at the Business meets Parliament event Jes Staley at the Business meets Parliament event Leading Questions: Karren BradyLeading Questions: Karren Brady Hilda Harding: Britain’s first woman bank managerHilda Harding: Britain’s first woman bank manager
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