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As the 8 of March is International Women’s Day, it’s worth your while reading the following stats ‘slowly’:

*One in ten directors of Irish plcs are women.

*10% of ISEQ Boards Directors are Women.

Thirty five female TDs were elected to Dáil Éireann in 2016 – which is a record amount and that necessitated gender quotas to reach such a level.

With the above in mind it is no wonder that we at Accreate were delighted to become the main sponsors of Beta Bajgart’s topical and timely publication, ‘A woman’s work’ to be launched in Dublin Castle this Wednesday.

Beta Bajgart – is a professional freelance photographer based in Dublin. Originally from the Czech Republic she has made Ireland her home from home since 2004. Her book -‘A Woman’s Work’ is well over a year in the making and it saw Beta travel the island of Ireland in search of 53 unique women which she has magically captured in 53 equally unique and stunning portraits. Each of which beautifully portrays women successfully at work in creative, unusual and (let’s face it) predominantly male professions.

Beta’s stylish coffee table collection documents the modern women’s struggle to embrace their creative and professional passions.

All women are photographed in their working environment. Most of the women photographed by Beta are Irish, but Bulgarian, Czech, English, Swedish, French, Danish and women from other nationalities feature too. All are working in Ireland with just two being based in England.

All proceeds from the book will go to the charitable organisation National Women’s Council of Ireland, which since 1973 has been seeking equality between men and women, along with supporting women in education, health care and economic independence.

In June 2016 Accreate participated with IBEC and the 30% club in the launch of the Voluntary Code of Conduct. ‘Recruitment and Executive Search Firms who are involved in senior level recruitment. This initiative is another tool to help organisations achieve gender balance in decision-making roles and hire the right candidate for the job, male or female, from 100% of the talent pool. ‘

We are committed to improving gender balance, and share best practice across all industries.

Happy International Women’s day from the team at Accreate.

*Stats from Catalyst (a global no profit organisation), working to advance women into leadership.

Articles by Lorraine Bolger