Achieving an equal future on International Women’s Day 2021

International Women's Day is observed each year on March 8. While the day is often celebrated by giving flowers and gifts, it is important to keep in mind its underlying purpose: to call out gender bias and inequality and to empower all girls and women.

The first International Women's Day was officially held 110 years ago to support women's rights, including universal suffrage, and in its long history has celebrated the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, while also being a call-to-action for gender equality.

This year's theme #ChooseToChallenge matches that spirit perfectly. Campaign champions the idea that: “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.” Since, a raised hand has become the symbol of choosing to celebrate women's achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.

Forging a more diverse and inclusive world

Over the years, Delivered. has covered many inspiring women – caring and determined thought leaders and professionals – whose achievements and empowering stories demonstrate just how important it is to strive for more diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Read on to learn more about some of these incredible women.

Maria Friedrich feels happiest in the air and now spreads breast cancer awareness around the world in a unique way. In the article below, she talks about how she fulfilled her childhood dream to fly and hopes to be able to motivate other girls and young women to pursue their career aspirations.

In The Debate, the author, speaker and social activist Dr. Auma Obama and Anita Gupta, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Head of Global Media Relations, discuss whether women make better leaders in crisis situations than men.

Finally, DHL Express Saudi Arabia employees Bashayir Al Barrak and Maha Al Madi, and many of their fellow countrywomen, show that neither a virus nor a lockdown could keep them from helping to alleviate their country's couriers' workloads. These brave women are some of the many faces of the sweeping changes, including women’s right to drive, that have been taking the Kingdom by storm.

The High-flying Career of DHL Pilot Maria Friedrich

A DHL pilot flying cargo to destinations across Europe, Maria Friedrich explains why she’s happiest in the air, and how she kick-started an eye-catching way for the company to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

The Debate: Auma Obama and Anita Gupta

Auma Obama and Anita Gupta debate whether women outperform men at the top when the going gets tough and immediate, far-reaching solutions are urgently needed.

Driving Change 2.0

Introduced amid sweeping reforms in 2018, the right to drive has helped Saudi women unleash even more of their tremendous talents and made them a force to be reckoned with in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

– Krisjanis Polans

Published: March 2021

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