Inspiring Inclusivity on International Women’s Day

Inspiring Inclusivity: Lisa's Inspiring Path Through Breast Cancer

ESG Alignment

Celebrating International Women’s Day, Diona shares Lisa’s empowering journey through breast cancer, highlighting the significance of empathy, inclusivity, and support in the workplace. By sharing her experience, Lisa has fostered a more inclusive and understanding environment, enhancing workplace culture. It highlights our efforts to create a nurturing and empathetic workplace, supporting employees through personal challenges and advocating for a more inclusive society.

SDGs: 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced Inequalities)

In celebration of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme of Inspire Inclusion, we are proud to share the powerful story of Lisa, our remarkable Community Relations Advisor. Lisa’s courageous journey through breast cancer is a beacon of hope, highlighting the importance of empathy, support, and the strength found in sharing our most challenging experiences. “Coming to work made me feel ‘normal’, it was the only time I didn’t feel like a cancer patient,” Lisa reflects on the significance of maintaining a sense of normalcy through her colleagues’ subtle support.

By sharing her experience, Lisa has opened up a space for more inclusive and understanding dialogues. “It allowed me to appreciate the significance of providing compassionate and inclusive care to those facing similar challenges,” she shares, emphasising how her battle with cancer deepened her understanding of empathy and inclusivity.

One of Lisa’s most vital messages is the importance of awareness and early detection. “Breast cancer can affect anyone. This is why early detection is crucial,” she advises, highlighting the indiscriminate nature of the disease and the essential role of vigilance and proactive health screenings.

Empowered by her ordeal, Lisa emerged stronger, with a renewed zest for life. “My experience with breast cancer has transformed me into the person I am today, mentally and emotionally stronger than ever before,” she says, highlighting how the journey has reshaped her appreciation for life.

Lisa’s advice to anyone in the workforce facing similar experiences is clear: “Communicate openly with your colleagues and employer about your needs and limitations,” emphasising the importance of a supportive and empathetic workplace. This open communication is crucial for building an environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

At Diona, Lisa’s story is a poignant reminder of our commitment to creating a more inclusive workplace. As part of our ESG commitments, we are dedicated to implementing inclusive recruitment and retention strategies that ensure our environment is welcoming for all.

Through her advocacy and support for breast cancer research, Lisa continues to be a beacon of hope. Her dedication to sharing her story and supporting others is a testament to the power of community and the transformative impact of empathy and support. Her journey inspires us to foster a more understanding and inclusive world, one conversation at a time.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Lisa for bravely sharing her inspiring story with us. Your courage, Lisa, inspires us all to embrace our vulnerabilities and support one another in more meaningful ways. For those interested in delving deeper into Lisa’s experiences and insights, we invite you to read the full Q&A. Let’s continue to advocate for awareness, support each other, and celebrate the incredible individuals among us this International Women’s Day.