For more than a century, International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8 to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the progress that has been made globally towards greater gender equality; to reflect on how much further as a society we have to go; and to consider what role — both individually and as organisations — we will play in the pursuit of equality of opportunity for all. When I became CEO of De Beers Group in 2016, I committed to being bolder in the advancement of women and girls because I firmly believe that the world can become a better place if everyone — women and men — has the opportunity to stand on a level playing field. It is a commitment I have driven across the company not only because I believe it is the right thing to do to help create a fairer world, but also because it ...

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