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Press Release 7 Mar 2024

International Women’s Day 2024: Advancing Gender Equality as an Opportunity. And a Collective Effort.

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The European Lotteries (EL) believe sustainability topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are of crucial importance in the workplace, not only for the advancement of society but also to ensure fairness and inclusion for all.

DEI environment

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, EL is proud to announce the launch of its DEI Growth Environment – a learning module for its Members – to amplify the importance of gender inclusivity. DEI drives organisational success by unlocking the potential and creativity of diverse talents while building stronger communities. It is all about making a change – a change in mindset, awareness and skills.

”International Women’s Day isn’t just about women’s rights or creating a fair society. It is a collective opportunity - it is about our ability to leverage knowledge and skills more effectively. Let’s use this day as a catalyst for positive change, in our personal, professional and social lives and breathe the spirit of it into our every-day. ”

Romana Girandon, President & CEO, Loterija Slovenije and President of EL

DEI are essential for creating and sustaining a thriving and innovative society and the new learning module is an important tool to unite EL Members in advocating for the inclusion of all genders in key positions in the lottery sector. True change will only happen once ingrained societal patterns are changed, and we can collectively create an environment where all individuals, regardless of gender, feel safe, valued and heard.

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”Despite a gender-balanced workforce of over 51,000 employees in the EL Membership, only 32 percent of women hold management positions. Data shows that companies with diverse cultures and more than 30 percent female leadership representation are likely to outperform their less diverse peers - in creativity and innovation, better decision-making, better risk management and higher return on capital.”

Romana Girandon, President & CEO, Loterija Slovenije and President of EL

In addition to EL’s work on the DEI Growth Environment, for several years, the Association has pioneered the Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership (WiLL) Mentoring Programme in Europe. More and more male colleagues are stepping up to get involved and advocate for the advancement of women into top positions of lottery management. This example demonstrates that change is possible and a drive for the future.

DEI Growth Environment

Available on the EL Learning Platform (for EL Members only)