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15 March 2022
Diversity, disparity and inclusion

On and around 8 March 2022 we undertook a range of activities to celebrate how far we've come and to raise awareness of how much more needs to be done to realise gender equality.

For over a century, every year individuals and organisations come together on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day. It is both a time to celebrate how far we’ve come and important reminder of how much more needs to be done to realise a gender equal world.

This year’s theme saw people across the globe pledge their commitment and take action to #BreakTheBias.

This is how we got involved:

  • Bev Higgs, national chair, blogged about how the Magistrates’ Association is helping to break the bias. Read her reflections here.
  • Dawn Gibbons, deputy chair of our Black, Asian and minority ethnic network, facilitated a well-attended workshop on becoming a magistrate at Cultivating Black Women for Social Change – an event that sought to inspire, support and provide networking opportunities for Black women. Find out more about this in Dawn’s blog.
  • We compiled a list of suggested actions for members who are keen to take steps to minimise gender-related bias in the magistracy. Take a look here.
  • We participated in #BreakTheBias’ social media campaign, ‘striking the pose’ to demonstrate our solidarity and commitment to calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time we see it. View our posts here.

While we immensely value coordinated global moments such as these, our efforts to advance to gender equality will not stop here. We will continue celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about bias and take action to help realise a gender equal justice system every day.