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International Women's Day 2024

EdgeRed x IWD x AMSI

This year's theme for International Women's Day 2024 is Invest in women: Accelerate progress. To invest in women is to drive forward progress by providing resources, support, and opportunities that empower women to achieve their full potential. This not only ignites change but also leads us towards a world that is healthier, safer, and more equitable for all. This moment is a celebration of women's achievements across social, economic, cultural, and political spheres.


We explore this year's theme with some of the women in our team, uncovering what it means to each of them.


Women Spotlight


Dr Sai Prathyusha Malla - Data Analyst


Introducing Sai, a PhD in Astrophysics and Data Analyst at EdgeRed, whose diverse background and expertise bring a unique perspective to our celebration of International Women's Day 2024.


Sai Prathyusha Malla, Edgered, Womens day
EdgeRed: Sai Prathyusha Malla

How have your own experiences shaped your understanding of inclusiveness, especially concerning women?

Coming from a culturally diverse background and having lived in various cities across India and Sydney, I've encountered different perspectives on gender roles. Observing women navigate challenges in both academic and professional settings has been instrumental in shaping my understanding of inclusiveness. I've learned that it extends beyond gender to embrace all dimensions of diversity. My journey has fostered a deep appreciation for the richness that diverse perspectives bring to any endeavor.


Can you share a moment when you felt empowered by a supportive community of women? 

Empowerment, for me, begins at home. My mother and sister have been a constant source of support, uplifting me daily. They are my cheerleaders and pillars of strength, always there to boost my spirits or offer a listening ear. 


How can we create a safe and supportive environment for women to express their ideas and concerns?

Encourage questions as well as fostering an atmosphere where answers are accepted without undue criticism. Understanding and empathising with their perspectives contribute to a supportive space where women feel comfortable sharing their thoughts.


Why is it important to have diverse representation of women in media, leadership roles, and public spheres?

Some women face challenges expressing their concerns due to societal expectations, unfair criticism based on body types, weight, skin color, marital status, and motherhood responsibilities which can lead to insecurities and psychological distress. To counter this, showcasing women from all backgrounds in influential roles is crucial. Seeing relatable figures in powerful positions empowers individuals and fosters a more inclusive and supportive environment.


What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about joining data analytics?

Data is a transformative force shaping our world. Understanding and interpreting data are key skills for collective growth. If you're contemplating a journey into data analytics, seize the opportunity now. Your unique perspective and skills can contribute significantly to the evolving landscape, empowering you and others to flourish together. Embrace the possibilities and take that first step towards making a positive impact.


Sarah Kazemi - Senior Consultant


Introducing Sarah, a data visualisation wiz and senior consultant at EdgeRed. Let's delve into the rich tapestry of her culture and the significant figures who surround her.


Sarah Kazemi, Edgered, Womens day
Edgered: Sarah Kazemi


How Have your own experiences shaped your understanding of inclusiveness, especially concerning women?

Navigating life as a female immigrant in the vibrant city of Sydney, I have both personally encountered and observed my female peers facing various challenges. These experiences have profoundly influenced my perspective on the significance of fostering a culture rooted in inclusivity and respect, one that warmly embraces everyone.


Can you share a moment that you felt empowered by a supportive community of women?

Immersed in an environment alongside numerous talented and accomplished women, I've been fortunate to study and work in a setting where their unwavering support and encouragement became indispensable for my professional development. Having strong female role models to look up to has genuinely emboldened me, giving me the courage needed to pursue my dreams.


How can we create a safe and supportive environment for women to express their ideas and concerns?

Establishing a supportive environment for women requires the implementation of inclusive policies, diversity training, and open communication to address discrimination. Additionally, fostering mentorship, acknowledging contributions, and ensuring equal pay are integral steps in reinforcing the value of women in any setting.


Why it is important to have diverse representation of women in media, leadership roles, and public spheres?

Ensuring a diverse representation of women in media, leadership roles, and public spheres is vital for providing authentic narratives, inspiring underrepresented individuals, challenging stereotypes, and promoting equity.


What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about data analytics?

To all the young women exploring data analytics, my message is simple: Own your potential and don't be limited by anyone else's expectations. This field is full of opportunities waiting for your unique perspective. Have confidence in your abilities, seek mentors who inspire you, and don't shy away from building a strong support network. Your contribution matters, and by breaking barriers, you're not just shaping your own path but also making data analytics more inclusive and innovative.


As we reflect on the theme of 'Inspire Inclusion' this International Women's Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to creating a world where every woman's voice is heard, valued, and celebrated. Whether in data analytics or other industries, diversity fuels innovation and drives positive change. Together, let us continue to inspire inclusion, empower women, and shape a future where all individuals have the opportunity to succeed.


Happy International Women's Day from EdgeRed!


Check out Monica's spotlight in AMSI's International Women's Day feature, which highlights her invaluable contributions and leadership in fostering inclusivity and gender equality.


 

About EdgeRed

​EdgeRed is an Australian boutique consultancy specialising in data and analytics. We draw value and insights through data science and artificial intelligence to help companies make faster and smarter decisions.


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