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ISSA creates women's forum27th of November 2014
International cleaning trade association ISSA has formed the Hygieia Network, a women's forum with the mission to advance and retain female professionals in all sectors and experience levels within the global cleaning community.
"ISSA is leading this effort to foster the advancement of women in our industry, in direct support of the association's mission to facilitate ongoing networking and commercial opportunities for the international cleaning industry," said John Garfinkel, ISSA executive director.
"There are many outstanding female executives in our field, and we want to encourage companies to look to their workforces to further expand their diversity and mine even more exemplary leaders."
Named after the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene, this worldwide group will provide ongoing education, networking, professional development, and personal recognition awards. Both individuals and companies can participate.
An advisory council of female leaders chaired by Dr Ilham Kadri, president of Diversey Care, will develop the network's framework for membership and services in the coming months.
"Since I joined this industry, I noticed huge gaps in gender diversity and a lack of prestige connected with cleaning jobs," said Kadri.
"We need to change that and support our employees in the cleaning industry to access education and training, as well as become more aware about the best cleaning standards and collaborate in building a human capital curriculum."