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Palladium Celebrates International Women's Day

Two thousand Palladium staff are celebrating International Women's Day and actively participating in the global 'Step It Up' campaign to end discrimination against women by 2030. Palladium draws on a global team of Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) experts located in five continents and in more than 30 country offices to lead innovative community-based approaches. Through gender integration and social inclusion, we develop and implement broad, comprehensive strategies to address socio-economic inequities in culturally sensitive ways.

'Gender Equality is the foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our Palladium staff ensure that gender issues are integrated into policies, programmes, national budgets and evaluations. We work daily to advance gender equality, reduce gender-based violence and empower women; everything we do is linked to the global development agenda,' said Brenda Lee Person, Technical Director of Gender Equity and Social Inclusion and author of 'Scaling Up Interventions to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence: A Toolkit for Analysis and Action' (USAID 2015).

Palladium offices world-wide are linking their commemoration events to the United Nations Women's social media campaign 'Step It Up for Gender Equality.' Palladium staff working in more than 80 countries are hosting events, sharing stories and recognising our achievements in making a positive impact on the lives of women, youth, gender and sexual minorities, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.

'As we move forward into the impact economy, we need to ensure that we appreciate and realise each person's potential, regardless of gender. We will make the biggest impact by working together as one global company that embraces the diversity of all our staff,' said Kim Bredhauer, Group Managing Director and CEO.

The Palladium global international development team holds unparalleled expertise across all sectors, inclduing health, education, economic growth, food security, natural resource management and good governance. Through our global structure, we have access to evaluations of best practices that can be brought to scale, whether funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) or others.

Across the Palladium offices, staff voiced their support of International Women's Day. Suneeta Sharma, Project Director, Health Policy Plus, noted that 'We are integrating gender into core and field supported activities to ensure that health services are accessible and acceptable to all populations and that health providers and health systems respect and protect individuals' rights regardless of age, marital status, sex or gender identity.'

'As we push towards full gender equality and economic parity around the world we still need men in positions of influence to add their voices and be champions for women and girls, and to bring younger men along in the struggle,' stated Farley R. Cleghorn, MD, MPH, Global Health Practice Leader.

Niki Wood, a Young Professional participating in Palladium's fast track programme, enthused, 'I am a young female given an opportunity to be included in a high-level global initiative. I am helping manage our global Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, where my voice and input are as valuable as those from other backgrounds.'