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Sweet celebrations top off International Women’s Day 2019

On 8 March, Serco proudly celebrated International Women’s Day, hosting events across the region to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women, raise awareness against bias and encourage action towards gender parity. 

This year there was a sweet twist to the celebrations, with Chief Human Resources Officer Julie Carroll challenging teams across Serco Asia Pacific to design, bake and decorate a cake promoting the #BalanceforBetter theme. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to show our support for International Women’s Day,” Julie said. 

The New Zealand based team from Kohuora Auckland South Corrections Facility rose to the challenge. Assistant Director Reintegration Agnes Robertson, whose own passion for cake decorating has inspired the prison’s kitchen staff, designed a cake which was then created by prisoners working in the Kohuora Bistro. The gravity defying globe design shows ‘anything is possible’. The sea is melted chocolate, spray-painted with blue and green food colouring. The landforms were stencilled from an atlas and formed with fondant.

Our Adelaide team created a cake especially designed to highlight balance. The cake strikes a balance between chocolate cake and vanilla profiteroles with golden meringue, topped by toffee chards to represent breaking glass ceilings as a nod to Serco’s commitment to equality.

The cakes made for a sweet celebration as staff and leaders across Serco shared their #BalanceforBetter pledges, committing to building a more gender-balanced world.