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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2022
This Tuesday (8th March) is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD is not a new idea, in fact it has occurred for over a century, with the first IWD gathering taking place in 1911 and supported by over a million people.  
To celebrate the contributions of women to society, we are focusing on the achievements of four female leaders in the aged care sector. The aged care workforce is overwhelmingly female – a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that almost 9 in 10 workers in Australia’s aged care sector were female; whilst in the UK, the figure is similar. Research by the UK’s charitable organisation King’s Fund Overview of the health and social care workforce found that 80% of all jobs in the UK’s adult social care sector are done by women; with the proportion in direct care and support-providing jobs increasing to 85-95%.
The women who we have highlighted below are members of or friends of Standards Wise International, and each is contributing to the sector in her own way.  
Vic Rayner OBE – Chief Executive Officer, National Care Forum (NCF)
Vic is a regular national and international speaker, and has extensive knowledge and expertise across a wide range of care, support, housing and social policy agendas. Prior to joining the NCF in 2016, she was the CEO of Sitra, a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support. She was awarded an OBE for services to the social care sector in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021.
Debbie Harris – Founder, Autumna
Having struggled with the experience of finding a suitable care home for a family member, Debbie realised that the whole process needed to change. So in 2009 she set up Chosen With Care to do just that. Chosen With Care is a consultancy offering a bespoke search service for self-funding families looking for later life care and care homes. In 2019 she set up Autumna in order to take Chosen With Care online, and make the extensive database of care homes and services available to the public.   
Julienne Meyer – Strategic Advisory Panel, Standards Wise International
Julienne is Professor Emeritus of Nursing: Care for Older People at City, University of London. She has worked in a variety of different settings (health and social care; general and mental health; primary, secondary, and tertiary care) and across a number of traditional boundaries (public and private; policy and practice; research and education). She is best known for her work with care homes, being one of the co-founders of My Home Life in 2006.
Judy Martin – International Engagements Director, Standards Wise International
Commencing her career as a Registered Nurse, Judy's career has spanned 35 years including rural, state, national and international work in Aged care, Seniors Living and Health and Human Services. Judy been successful in opening several international Health & Seniors Living (aged care/seniors living) markets, and is well known and respected in the Seniors Living industry internationally.
We celebrate the achievements and contributions not only of these four outstanding women, but of every woman who works within the aged care sector, in whatever country they live in. You are all helping our senior citizens to live the life they chose in their later years. 
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