Friday, 11 March 2016

IRRI marks 2016 International Women’s Day with “Pledge for Parity”


                     
 In 2010, IRRI began hosting the International Women's Day (IWD) as part of its on-going commitment to valuing diversity and inclusion, 

For this year, "Pledge for Parity" which is the 2016 global theme of the IWD was celebrated at HQ on March 8-9 together with the 1st Quarter Health and Wellness Fair program. The Human Resource Services – Work Relations & Advisory Services (HR-WRAS) office organized the event.


A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held to open the IWD Poster Exhibit which highlighted the five (5) IWD Pledges: Value women and men’s contributions equally; Help women and girls achieve their ambitions; Challenge conscious and unconscious bias; Call for gender-balanced leadership; and, Create inclusive, flexible cultures.
External Relations Director Corinta Guerta, and Human Resource Services Director Christine Croombes cut the ribbon at the opening of the exhibit, which will be on the display at Chandler Hall until 25th of March.
A Symposium and Open Forum followed after the exhibit opening which focused on the five (5) IWD pledges. In a special video message, IRRI Director General Matthew Morell delivered one of the IWD pledges  “Valuing women's and men’s contributions equally”, where he stated IRRI’s clear commitment to enhancing gender equity and the role of women in the institute. Human Resource Services Director Christine Croombes presented a talk on “Women and girls achieve their ambition”, while the rest of the invited speakers: Inez Slamet Loedin, Senior Scientist II-Genetics & Biotechnology unit; George Kotch, Head-Plant Breeding; and special guest, Ms. Esther Velasco, Team Leader - European Union – Europe External Action Services Instrument contributing to Peace and Stability (EU-EEAS IcSP-IBF) Gender Facility Project talk on the topics: “Create inclusive, flexible cultures”; “Call for gender-balanced leadership”; and, “Challenge conscious and un-conscious bias” respectively. The program was made available to the rest of the IRRI country offices via live streaming through the assistance of the IRRI Communication and Information Office.

Health seminar was held in the afternoon which was attended by staff, dependents and business partners. Medical Specialists from St. Lukes Medical Hospital, HealthServ Medical Center and Los Baños Medical Hospital discussed  topics on illnesses affecting men and women such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Concerns and Cervical Cancer. 

On the 2nd day of the event, lecture and demonstration on First Aid for Kids & Adults, Basic Life Support for Adults, Aero Zumba, and Self Defense (Aikido) were presented by trainers from Pilipinas 911 Emergency Response Team, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Human Kinetics. To learn more about the health seminar, please visit this link.

Staff also visited the two (2) day bazaar featuring health products and free health screening from invited health and clinic providers. 

The Human Resource Services unit extends their gratitude to everyone who has supported the IWD program.

IWD is part of the Institute’s workplace engagement programs. For inquiries, please contact HRS-WRAS at ext. 2935 or 2363 or email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org.

HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-008

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