This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we are celebrating our International female colleagues.
And in the spirit of IWD’s 2019 Theme, #BalanceForBetter, we decided to include our International men too!
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The day has occurred for over a century, having first started in 1911 when an IWD gathering was supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. This year’s campaign theme, #BalanceForBetter provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize a gender-balanced world, highlighting that everyone has a part to play.
At The Royal Mint, we wanted to highlight the women and men who come from many different nationalities that work for the organisation. After posing for a fun photo, we chatted about IWD, the #BalanceForBetter theme and their interesting stories on how they ended up in South Wales!
Page Baldwin, Learning & Development Manager said, “I travelled to the UK from Queensland, Australia, 13 years ago and settled in sunny South Wales. I have made firm friends and had a family since being here and I think the sense of community and the hospitality in Wales is part of the charm. The Royal Mint teams embody that charm and it is like one large extended family. Having diversity in the workplace is what generates the greatest collaboration and creativity and that is regardless of gender. We need to continue to encourage support and recognition of movements like International Women’s Day to ensure that we can continue to shape organisational communities with greater perspective.”
Daxesh Dave, Affiliates & Display Manager in Precious Metals Team said “I travelled 9 years ago from hot and sunny India, I can’t say the same for the weather in Wales! I have definitely made some lovely friends in Wales and I agree that there really is a community feeling here at the Mint.”
Karina Hicks, Head of Marketing for Precious Metals was born in Wales but her mum is from Mexico and strongly identifies as being half Welsh, half Mexican. She told us “My mum and dad met in Spain 35 years ago and my mum moved to South Wales to be with him. I speak fluent Spanish and have spent a lot of time in Mexico, both for work and pleasure so am more than familiar with the culture. I also absolutely love Mexican food!
“Being of mixed heritage has given me a strong appreciation of diversity and within my role at the Mint, I am in contact with people from all over the world. This business really is international and I’m so pleased to play a part in it.”
The Royal Mint is proud to work with colleagues from across the globe and what better day to celebrate this diversity than International Women’s Day!
People that took part (from left to right in photo):
- Sultan Sulmy (IT Technician, from Pakistan)
- Karina Hicks (Head of Marketing Precious Metals, Mexican Heritage)
- Akinkunmi Iyiola (Senior Programme Manager, from Nigeria)
- Jatin Patel (Head of Wealth Management Precious Metals, Born in Kenya, British Nationality, Indian Heritage)
- Justyna Markiewicz (Quality Technician, from Poland)
- Daxesh Dave, Affiliates & Display Manager Precious Metals, from India)
- Page Baldwin (L&D Manager, from Australia)
- Florence Smith (Value Stream Improvement Manager, from France)
- Chikako Tamamushi (Bullion Sales Executive, from Japan)
- Michelle Derham (Purchasing Administrator, from South Africa)