Today, 8th March marks the International Women’s Day. Observed since the early 1900’s, this day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. Here at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies, we hold the same beliefs and make it a priority to help our female colleagues achieve their ambitions. We respect and value women in the workplace, believe in gender-balanced leadership, and aim to develop a more inclusive and flexible work-life balance culture for women to root out workplace bias.
Various measures have been set in place to support diversity and ensure that our work structure supports our female colleagues. For instance, we understand that being a young mother and balancing work can be a handful. Technologies embraced and implemented by our IS team, such as BlackBerry, PDAs and web-based email systems, allow young mothers to spend a portion of their time working from home.
We have also implemented a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) policy which all female colleagues, other than young mothers, can apply for. With this policy set in place as well as the support of both the law firm and the group of companies, we are proud to say that some of our ambitious female colleagues have accomplished commendable achievements, being great role models to others despite their hectic work schedules.
Partner Kaylee Kwok is currently the CompanySecretary of various Singapore public and private companies including Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship, Dr Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and INSEAD. She also sits on the boards of directors of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Ltd and Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (Singapore) Limited.
Partner Ch’ng Li-Ling sits on the Board of DeClout and is appointed as Independent Director of LHN Group.
Partner Michelle Woodworth is accredited as a Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute (IMI) – the first female IMI Certified Mediator in Singapore.
Partner Amita Dutt serves as a Secretary and Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House Charity, chairing the Board of Governance Committee.
CEO of RHT i-Assets Advisory, Dr Jasmine Kway serves as a Board Member of the Arts Fission Company, one of Singapore’s oldest professional contemporary dance companies.
COO of RHT i-Assets Advisory, Airani Ramli is passionate about the environment, ecology, biodiversity and heritage. She actively volunteers as a guide, trainer and senior coordinator of several volunteer programmes in Singapore.
In celebration of the International Women’s Day, we hosted our inaugural morning tea appreciation session yesterday in our offices for all female colleagues. Founding member and former president of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Ms Zaibun Siraj graced the event as a guest speaker and gave an inspiring motivational talk on the important role women play in society today as a working woman, sister, daughter, wife and mother.
As today marks the International Women’s Day, let us all take some time to reflect on the progress made and celebrate the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of Singapore, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies.