International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Inspired by the theme Press for Progress, Amazonians celebrated International Women's Day in over 50 locations on six continents in 2018.

Across Europe, we organized a bunch of activities to promote diversity awareness and reach Amazonians beyond the usual groups. Various events were held throughout ‘The Diversity Awareness Month’ under #PressforProgress.

Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary program posing with Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager
Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary program posing with Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager

In the UK, the employee affinity group Women@ organized a range of activities focused on gender diversity across the different sites in London, Edinburgh and Cambridge, to celebrate women’s achievements and challenging stereotypes and bias to #PressforProgress in 2018. In London, employees met from Danielle Newham, author of Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech. She hosted a morning discussion to talk about what she found when interviewing over 300 female founders and innovators about their experiences and successes.

In the Cambridge development center, panelists at different stages of their career gave advice to the Cambridge employees on launching their career at Amazon, balancing work/life at the mid-career stage and running large organizations. In Edinburgh, the team ran a workshop for employees focused on how to nurture diversity, inclusion and belonging to their teams.

Amazon IWD lecture at our European HQ in Luxembourg
Xavier Garambois, VP EU Retail, giving the introduction speech of the IWD lecture at our European HQ in Luxembourg

Amazonians in Luxembourg participated in Book Club discussions, speeches on inclusiveness by Amazon VPs and Directors and an Award Ceremony presenting the "superwomen" of Amazon pressing for progress in every day business.

In Spain and Italy, the Women@ affinity group prepared special events every day of the week to celebrate female achievements and unite the Amazonians to push towards gender equality.

In Germany, women were celebrated in both Berlin and Munich offices. Amazonians took part in the celebrations of the International Women's Day with music in Munich. Robert Franken, a male feminist, and an expert on diversity and gender equality gave a conference. Panel discussions were organized, too. In Berlin, Amazonians were proposed a diversity InfoSession. The mains topics were Girls Day, Amazon Smile, Female mentorship program, Women@, Amazon Women Engineers (AWE) and External organizations.

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