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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2024: CELEBRATING THE DAY WITH NJL

The 8th of March marks the annual worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) whereby individuals unify to increase awareness and express solidarity towards the women’s rights movement.

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IWD is commemorated in many forms worldwide. The United Nations (UN) observes the day in connection with a specific issue, campaign or theme each year. And in some parts of the world, IWD remains reflective of its political origins, marked by international protests and calls for radical change.
We wanted to hear what IWD means to colleagues at NJL Consulting and what it means to them to celebrate it. We’re proud to promote and support the women in our team and more widely in the built environment sector.

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“International Women’s Day allows us to reflect on the journey and hardships of the women’s rights movement. It is important for us to celebrate the achievements whilst paying attention to the challenges we as women still face. This day, and every other day for that matter, allows me to express solidarity with women who are protesting and fighting for their rights across the world.


Watching powerful women protest in the anti-Hijab movements in Iran, against police brutality and abuse of power, against the wave of spiking, reproductive rights, wage equality, trans rights and so much more.


I am thankful to both work and live amongst various inspirational women, and I will continue to aspire to use the platforms I have to support the women’s rights movement.”

Sophie Stanton, Chartered Planner

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“International Women’s day is a great opportunity to celebrate the wonderful women in our life. 

I’m fortunate to know some amazing women in both my personal and professional life. I’ve been surrounded by positive role models who have shown me that anything is possible and been my biggest advocate throughout my life. I definitely wouldn’t have got where I am without their unwavering love and support.

I’m proud to be a woman working in the property industry. Its long been male dominated, but slowly the balance is shifting and I have the pleasure of working with some brilliant women who are taking the industry by storm. There’s still progress to be made, but if we work together we can continue to create an inclusive and balanced world. I’m hopeful that my work and role in NJL will show other young girls that there are great career opportunities within the Built Environment sector, and that with hard work and commitment, anything is possible.”

Rachel Glover-White, Director

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“International Woman’s Day is about celebrating and highlighting women from all walks of life. Being a woman, to me, means solidarity and owning my responsibility to other women, it means striving to do well whilst showcasing other women’s strengths, and always understanding their own struggles and sharing fears, knowledge and where lessons have been learnt. I have always been surrounded by supportive and inspirational women who I continue to learn from every day both in my personal and professional life. This ongoing support is where I learned what it means to be a woman. When we support each other, we’ve got the tools to achieve anything.”

Victoria Coleman, Senior Planner

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“As much as this may be a cliché, on International Women’s Day, I am eternally grateful to have my Mum as my role model, who came from a working class background, was the first in her family to graduate from University, and is now not only a Primary Head Teacher, but the Chair of Head Teacher’s in her area. I am grateful that I have been present to her unwavering dedication and determination in her industry, as well as, learnt how to tackle challenges with creativity and grace.


So as young woman in the planning and development industry, which has been historically been male dominated, I will continue draw inspiration from her journey, striving to emulate her dedication, resilience, and leadership, and pave the way for future generations of women in the built environment.”

Emily Bates, Graduate Planner

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International Women's Day 2024: Welcome

“International women’s day is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women, while also acknowledging the need to continue advocating for gender equality and addressing the ongoing challenges and injustices faced by women worldwide and working towards a more inclusive and equitable society for all genders.

For me it’s also a time to reflect on how grateful I am for all the amazing women I’m lucky to have in my life - female friendships are so important and one of the most empowering and sustaining!”

Ailsa Goodie, Graduate Planner

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“As a strong independent woman, International Woman’s Day is a day to celebrate and embrace the things that make me who and what I am.  As a married woman I feel that although I share my life, I am an equal partner. I love my job and the independence it gives me. As a mother I hope that I have inspired my daughter to be a strong girl who can follow her dreams and achieve anything she is prepared to work for. You can be a wife and a mother without sacrificing your ambitions.


Having the belief and courage that you are as good as the next person whatever the gender is fundamental to achieving your ambitions. International women’s day is a day to celebrate how far we have come. Gender equality is a basic human right. Happy Women’s Day. This life has no existence without a strong ally in ‘Women’ in every stage of life, starting from motherhood to wife, from sister and finally a daughter.”

Claire Malley, Executive Assistant

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