In celebration of International Women’s Day, Hightown Housing Association shone a spotlight on some of its inspiring female staff and the valuable contributions they make. 

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Hightown shared stories of women from various departments - from leaders to the everyday heroes - and the incredible work they do to provide exceptional service to residents and service users. The profiles invited staff into their colleagues' world, and were well-received. With a majority female workforce, Hightown was proud to showcase the amazing achievements of its staff.

To conclude the week-long celebration, Hightown hosted an insightful speaker event on Friday 6 March, with trailblazer Alison Inman, former Chartered Institute of Housing President. 

Alison was voted number one in 24 Housing magazine’s Power Players list in 2018 and 2019. Staff heard great stories of pioneering women in housing which demonstrated the impact and influence we hold within us. In addition, Alison encouraged staff to volunteer for tasks they wouldn’t usually do as the skills obtained will be important. It was an empowering and motivating session. 

Lucy Taylor, Learning and Development manager at Hightown said: “It was an honour to have Alison speak at our International Women’s Day event. Alison has a wealth of knowledge on the Housing industry. It was inspiring to hear stories, highlighting some of the trailblazing women in social housing and to be able to see the line connecting our roles to theirs.”

Celebrated on 8 March, International Women’s Day is an annual event that celebrates and promotes the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality and this year’s theme was ‘Each for Equal’.