Dr Jacqui Taylor at the House of Lords

IWD 2022 #BreakingtheBias

This year, International Women’s Day has focused on breaking the bias. I have created a number of posts across social with this as a theme. I’ve shared my thanks to those ladies who I collaborate with already who are moving the needle with me to build the Empathy Economy. I have shared in memory of a technology colleague who was murdered in Ukraine while delivering humanitarian relief in her community. I have also shared about how I stand on the shoulders of giants, and in particular about Jean Valentine and the amazing ladies of Bletchley Park.

All of these social shares have been against a backdrop of war in Ukraine. At every opportunity I have celebrated the courage, bravery and heroism of the women of Ukraine. I would also like to mention those I am working with on the ground in the country, to enable them to do what they need to do with Empathy Economy technology, and those whose names and photos I cannot share. 💙💛

What I haven’t yet posted is the gathering of women in the UK’s House of Lords on Monday of this week.  A group of leading technologists and lawyers, mostly women, but including some of our male champions. We were hosted by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws and joined by two female Afghan Judges she has supported in leaving Afghanistan. 

We heard first hand the work we all still have to do to break the bias in many parts of the world. The Baronesses’ life work is dedicated to bringing the rule of law to protect women across the world. Hearing from the two Afghan Judges and their dreams of a future to be back in their country, in the profession they are so passionate about, was hugely moving. I will be sharing more details of the day itself very soon and the work I will be doing going forward with my good friend Amanda Brock. We are combining forces to make IWD 2022 a new start for our world. Stay tuned for more details. 

I’ve shared a photo of me leaving the House of Lords by Black Rod’s gate. For  those interested in the history, here is a link to Black Rod.

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