It was all smiles when visitors, staff and patients were greeted with a flower each as they entered hospitals across Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) this morning.
Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, senior leaders presented a bright pink gerbera to hundreds of ladies, and to those wishing to pay it forward to other women.
People were greeted with warm wishes and words of appreciation for their contributions to society.
A Westmead Hospital visitor complimented staff on the initiative.
“This is such an unexpected surprise! I see everyone smiling and saying nice words to each other. What a great start of the day,” the visitor said.
With the theme of this year’s celebration being “an equal world is an enabled world”, it provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of gender equality in every area, from staff recruitment and recognition to leadership opportunities.
WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy sent a message to all staff members encouraging them to challenge stereotypes, avoid bias, broaden perceptions, and celebrate women’s achievements.
“Gender equality is essential for organisations, communities and economies to thrive,” Graeme said.
“Individually, our thoughts, conversations and actions each day can help create a gender equal world.
“On behalf of the Executive team, Happy International Women’s Day to all of the wonderful women we are privileged to work with in Western Sydney.”