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International Women´s Day

If you are too authoritative as a female leader, you will be criticized. It seems that female leaders are often criticized for being too tough because it doesn’t fit with the expectations that female leaders are softer.

International Women’s Day marks the celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world, but it also encourages us to reflect on the many challenges that are still ahead of us in terms of reaching gender equality.

Women have always been the backbone of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, making up half of our volunteer base and staff within National Societies. They have shown countless acts of bravery, compassion and kindness, particularly in response to the relentless COVID-related challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified existing world inequalities, emphasizing the struggles that women around the world still face today.

To mark the day, The PS Centre is releasing a new episode of the Heartbeat of Humanity podcast, a conversation between Communication Assistant Barbara Levin and Director of the PS Centre Nana Wiedemann about the opportunities and challenges that women leaders face.

Listen to the podcast here or subscribe on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast or wherever you find your podcasts.

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