THE Barclays Wealth Women’s initiatives Network (WiN) in Jersey, will be celebrating International Women’s Day with their first event of the year on 8 March 2010.

Barclays Wealth in Jersey launched its women’s network in November 2009, to develop, encourage and motivate all male and female employees. Following a successful launch event, at which guest speaker Collette Dunkley addressed the attendees on the subject of gender science differences and how to apply these to business communications practices, the Jersey group has now grown to a membership of 80 employees.

‘We are delighted to be holding our first event of 2010 on such a significant day, International Women’s Day,’ said WiN chair, Carol Bisson. ‘The day brings together women and men from many continents, cultures, ethnic groups and economic and political spheres to celebrate a tradition that represents over nine decades of struggle for equality, justice and peace.’

International Women's Day is marked by groups around the world, including the United Nations, and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialised world was a period of expansion and turbulence, significant population growth and radical ideologies. The event, which is open to all Barclays Wealth staff, male or female, will allow those staff members who are not yet members of WiN to find out more about the group.

‘Barclays Wealth is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and as such recognises that the needs of male and female employees and clients can differ. This event should give employees, who want to find out more about WiN the opportunity to do so which will hopefully lead to an increase in membership. WiN is not just a group for women, it is important that more of our male colleagues support the scheme,’ concluded Mrs Bisson.

‘I am looking forward to addressing the attendees of the WiN event as I am delighted to say that the group has already made great strides in moving towards its goals,’ commented Paul Savery, Country Manager, Barclays Wealth Jersey.

The group meets once a month and is led by a 14-strong committee. Its purpose is to establish, build membership and raise the profile of the local Jersey Women’s initiatives Network, whilst developing, encouraging and motivating the women and men who work for Barclays Wealth. Barclays Wealth has just under 800 WiN members across many of its operating jurisdictions.

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Issued by Lisa Gutcher, One Strategic, tel: 488899

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For further information contact:
Will Bowen, Barclays Wealth, Corporate Communications + (0)20 7114 8434 Jignasa Patel, Barclays Wealth, Corporate Communications + (0)20 7699 2483
Lucy Davidson, Barclays Wealth, Corporate Communications + (0)20 7114 8947

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