What does international women’s day mean to you? #ChooseToChallenge Vol. 2

International Women’s Day 2021 and #ChooseToChallenge

Throughout history, women have made unique contributions to the progression of academic fields. And International Women’s Day, which is an international holiday and was first celebrated in 1911, gives us yet another chance to talk about women’s achievements around the globe.

HireBee, as a global product which provides smart post-pandemic recruitment solutions for businesses, likewise prioritizes women’s equality and inclusivity in the workspace. And, in this occasion, joining the #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge movement, we’re happy to hear from female founders, HRs, recruitment specialists and other specialists, from our and our partners’ organizations, on what International Women’s Day means to them.

For the first volume, we asked this question to women in local organizations, and this time, for the second volume, we have asked this question to women in global organizations.

“What does international women’s day mean to you?”

Ani Toranian #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

We often forget that the purpose of this holiday, which was created 110 years ago, was to protect women’s rights, and promote their involvement, development and equal pay in all domains.

A whole century has passed since that day, many things have changed on the planet Earth and women have reached new heights in all spheres, proving the simple truth that when there is aspiration, all myths about the impossible are shattered.

The Evas of the world are women, daughters, sisters, excellent specialists in various fields, but above all, they are entrusted with the greatest role given to them by nature – motherhood.

When you look at the most beautiful of creations – the MAN – remember that the author is the WOMAN. I am happy to belong to that creative group of Homo Sapiens!

So, I consider March 8th a day of glorification of everything beautiful…

Ani, Talent Management Consultant at PicsArt Inc.

Piruz Boyajyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

For centuries women fought for their right to have freedom of speech, to vote and to govern. Today, at last, we almost have equal rights, so this day’s true meaning is the celebration of our achievements on political and cultural platforms. Receiving flowers, gifts and compliments is certainly flattering, but we must never forget the long way we’ve come to be where we are today.

Piruz, Head of HR Department at AREGAK UCO CJSC

Falon Darville #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

International Women’s Day is one of many opportunities throughout the year to uplift, highlight, and amplify women’s voices and experiences. It’s a call to listen more deeply to my fellow female colleagues, dissolve the urge to compete, and soften into action towards more inclusion.

Falon, Sr. Technical Writer at DISQO

Elvina Aghajanyan

International Women’s day needs to have more layers for celebration and not be limited to only giving flowers and gifts to women. For me, it’s the pride of celebrating the successes and achievements made by women, most importantly women having a voice and feeling confident to speak-up. It’s about lifting up women and recognizing the magnitude of value they contribute to evolution and progression.

Elvina, Head of Human Resources at HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Luiza Avetisyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

From one perspective, the day reminds us of the long way, full of hardship, that brave women have taken for centuries, so that my generation and the generations after can have equal rights. From another, it is a day to celebrate ourselves – as women, to feel special and empowered.

Luiza, Founder at HireBee

Indira Madyarova #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

In my opinion, International Women’s Day is inextricably linked with the fighter for women’s rights Clara Zetkin. It is a day when, regardless of ethnic, national and language borders, all women unite and celebrate the achievements of women leaders. For me, spring begins from this day. When everything starts to bloom around, not only flowers, but also women. When the sun is shining and you want to spend more time in nature.

Indira, Country Manager at HireBee Kazakhstan

Valeria Belous #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

I think that March 8 is quite a symbolic day, very suitable for women.

After all, 8 is a symmetrical number, which is a rotated infinity sign and means two worlds at the same time – material and spiritual.

Historically, the celebration reminds us of the contribution of women to the fight for equality, therefore, the recognition of the achievements of women, their contribution to science, culture, politics, medicine, etc.

On the other hand, it is a celebration of femininity, beauty, flowers and of course our mothers!

That’s why for me March 8 is a combination of both sides of a woman’s life, a celebration of endless harmony – the main state of a woman’s soul, customary for a happy woman.

And when a woman is happy, her loved ones and everyone around her are also happy!

Valeria, Director of Recruitment, Training and Development Department VTB Bank Kazakhstan

Shivani Ekkanath #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

The glass ceiling still continues to be an overwhelming reality for most women. International Women’s Day is a celebration of women across the board and seeks to understand the different struggles and lived experiences of some today. It is about giving women the opportunity to excel and shine regardless of their class and creed. To me, I believe understanding the intersectionalities in the identities and experiences of women will help us go a long way in dealing with issues like gender inequality. International Women’s Day remains an important foundation.

Shivani, UC Berkeley Intern at HireBee.ai

For me, this is a day to take a step back and appreciate the woman being in its most diverse aspects. Together with all of their tenderness and softness – self-realization & unbounded development is what inspires me most. Girls, let’s rock it!

Ani, Founder & CEO at Magnus HR

Some Closing Comments

We are very thankful to our partners for sharing their perspectives and contributing to the blog. We are certain that any initiative will help the world become more inclusive. We’d also love to hear from our readers, so make sure to let us know: what does international women’s day mean to you?

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What does international women’s day mean to you? #ChooseToChallenge Vol. 1

International Women’s Day 2021 and #ChooseToChallenge

Throughout history, women have made unique contributions to the progression of academic fields. And International Women’s Day, which is an international holiday and was first celebrated in 1911, gives us yet another chance to talk about women’s achievements around the globe.

HireBee, as a global product which provides smart post-pandemic recruitment solutions for businesses, likewise prioritizes women’s equality and inclusivity in the workspace. And, in this occasion, joining the #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge movement, we’re happy to hear from female founders, HRs, recruitment specialists and other specialists, from our and our partners’ organizations, on what International Women’s Day means to them.

For the first volume, we have asked this question to women in local organizations, and in the second volume, we will be asking the same question to women in global organizations.

“What does international women’s day mean to you?”

Ani Rshtuni #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

March 8, the memories of my childhood light up my mind: I am painting colorful spring flowers for my mom and grandma, buying them flowers, giving them a warm hug. Those memories made me consider Women’s day as a motherhood day, and means of celebrating spring with its melodic colors.

Ani , Head of HR & OD at Flux Technologies

Tatevik Vardazaryan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

It’s another opportunity to remind us about a simple but essential truth, that women should be provided equal opportunities in this crazy world. It’s a nice way of saying thank you to all fabulous women who are breaking all sorts of stereotypes, who are going their way, who are showing leadership, and who are shining brightly in their field. Who dare to be whoever THEY wish and dare to do whatever THEY want.

And today the whole world can see that we are all better, kinder and more humanistic when women get the opportunities they deserve.

Tatevik, HR Manager at Rockbite Games

Anush Zoranyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

Special day full of respect, love, tender and strength.

Anush, Recruitment Lead Specialist at Telecom Armenia (Beeline)

Seda Papanyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

International Women’s Day, in my opinion, is all about empowering and helping women across the world. I believe it should be a global demonstration of inspirational stories to honor the remarkable women who have overcome obstacles and continue to pave the way for future generations.

Seda, HR Director at MentorcliQ

Marieta Safaryan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

…women
…these characters of millions of shades and colors
…they always try to look a little bit more beautiful and a little bit more clever
…they Love to fight a lot and they Love to smile a lot
…they Love with full hearts and they Hate with full hearts
…they Love to seem strong and mature, and they Love to stay childish
…they Love to be noticed, to be Appreciated, and to be Loved

International Women day for us, for me, is just another chance, another moment to be Noticed..to be Appreciated.. to be Loved..

Marieta, Head of HR Department at Telcell

Lusia Vardanyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

It’s yet another day to celebrate the gift of being a woman as a symbol of strength, intelligence, beauty, wisdom, hard work, sensitivity, multitasking, and love.

Lusia, CEO at Priotix

Ani Akimyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

I would love to live in a world where everybody is treated equally and there is no need to prove or fight for our rights. For me, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate & give gratitude to every woman around the world: from a mother who put her family first, to a boss who works passionately. Let’s help lift each other up.

Let’s stay together & I believe that collective power can make the world a better place.

Ani, Head of People Operations & Organizational Development at Technamin

Lara Tcholakian #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

Armenian women continue to greatly contribute to society, the economy, education, science and other sectors; yet despite their numerous accomplishments, their work is often unrecognized or unappreciated. For any society to prosper, it must be fully inclusive, and the International Women’s Day is a day for us to become better aware, educated and encouraged to work towards a genuine understanding and practice of gender equity. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the struggles and achievements of the many pioneering Armenian women who have paved the way for our own personal achievements, such as Diana Apgar, Zaruhi Kavaljian, Zabel Yessayan, and Alenush Terian.

Lara, HR Department Management at Viva-MTS

Ani Poghosyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

For me, the international women’s day is a celebration of unity, inclusion and achievements of women from diverse backgrounds. It’s a day to honor women in our lives and the women who inspire us in our life, career, etc. Years ago women didn’t used to have the same right to work, so we should remember the hard journey they went on for the lives and the balance and equality we have today. As it says “Balance drives a better world”, it’s preferable at this day once again to ensure that female workers have equally meaningful and effective professional growth potential and opportunities within the company as male workers.

Ani, Recruiter at ACBA Bank

Stella Hovhannisyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

For me it’s a very unique day when you can stress once again the importance of gender equality and active engagement of women in all spheres of economy. It’s more than just achieving a more or less equal ratio of men and women in the company. It’s about ensuring that women hold positions of power, play an active role in decision-making, and have a feeling of influence and belonging.

Stella, HR Manager at VOLO

Emma Margaryan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

It’s a day when everyone shows appreciation, love, and respect towards women. A woman is said to be a beautiful creation of God!

It’s a day when women are recognized and celebrated for playing various roles in different spheres of life. Women have a robust spirit which makes them excel in their fields. They contribute massively to the lives of their family members and the country.

Emma, HR Manager at LMS LLC

Syazanna Yengibaryan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

International women’s day has different meanings and significance in various places.

Some are still fighting against violence toward women.

Some are fighting for equal rights with men.

I think a woman doesn’t need to fight for anything, and this day has beautiful and motivational meaning for me.

This day is another occasion and opportunity to appreciate and be grateful to women for their efforts to make the world a better, more beautiful, more peaceful place for all humanity, to contribute to sustainable progress to the world.

I wish all women be wise, smart, kind, and beautiful as much as possible. To learn more, to do more, to create more, to grow more and more, and be successful in all spheres of social-economic life.

Syuzanna, Head of Human Resource Management Department at Alfa Pharm

Gayane Grigoryan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

A day that reminds the world that the symbiosis of delicateness and strength makes the impossible possible.

Gayane, Co-Founder at 2mindS

Hripsime Glichyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

We are celebrating International Women’s Day just at the beginning of spring, when the nature is getting up and it seems that new life is coming. And this is a great portrayal of women’s nature. This is a day of many beautiful flowers, love, and recognition and emphasizing women as lovely wives, attentive mothers, caring sisters, mindful daughters, accurate workers and often strong leaders.

Hripsime, Head of HR Unit at Byblos Bank Armenia

Hasmik Kesoyan #ChooseToChallenge HireBee

Women, guided by the idea that people are born free and equal, fought for their rights and freedom. They finally changed the perception of the role of women and became actively involved in public life. Today, due to the feminine beauty, wisdom and devotion, many companies enjoy the presence of women and, due to their professional and personal qualities, always reach great heights.

Hasmik, HR Manager at AAB Construction

The day when love, respect, beauty, happiness, success, motivation, realized thoughts, the talents, which become a great feminine force, come together. This day is a reminder to females who’ve already realized their power, and an alarm to all those who haven’t yet discovered their potential and role in the world.

Diana, HR Manager & Technical Recruiter at JoinToHire

Some Closing Comments

We are very thankful to our partners for sharing their perspectives and contributing to the blog. We are certain that any initiative will help the world become more inclusive. We’d also love to hear from our readers, so make sure to let us know: what does international women’s day mean to you?

Learn More