Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter – something we are passionate about here at King’s.
The campaign’s mission statement is, “A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”
Throughout the day, we are going to hear from students and staff about the importance of both genders learning and working together to help create a more balanced world.
First up, we hear from Director of Sport Richard Lunn and Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Girls’ Sport Krista Jones.
Krista, “I am proud of the fact that we have female staff in traditionally male roles and I think that is noticed and appreciated by the students. We consider students on individual merit and progress, not gender and I don’t see any gender difference in the ambition or expectations of those students.
“I am hopeful that they will take this with them and it will influence them in how they live their professional lives and help to change the industries they choose to go into.”
Richard, “I think it’s important for the students to have male and female role models amongst the sports staff. And although we teach our specialisms, we also have lots of opportunities for the boys to be taught by female staff and vice versa – I think that’s really important.
“We don’t teach boys and girls, we teach children.”