International Women’s Day 2022: we chat to 7 women doing great things at Australia Post

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, women from Australia Post share what #BreakTheBias means to them and how we all can do more year-round.

This year, International Women’s Day will be celebrated under the theme #BreakTheBias, a movement that encourages a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. As part of the global day on March 8th, we invited women from Australia Post and our charity partner, Indigenous Literacy Foundation, to discuss what #BreakTheBias means to them and how everyone can champion the spirit of International Women’s Day all year round.

Kylie Smith, Gamilaroi/Gomeroi woman – Postal Manager at Australia Post

Kylie is the proud Postal Manager of Tennant Creek Community Post Office in the Northern Territory. Being in an isolated township, her Post Office is often the lifeline between remote stations and communities, as they fly supplies in and out weekly. 

What does ‘breaking the bias’ mean to you?  
“Breaking the bias means so many different things when applying it to what we at Australia Post can achieve. For me, it has meant challenging my own concept of what I can do and accepting the opportunities, support and career development that I had no idea I would experience just a short 18-months ago. As a relatively new member of the Australia Post community, I am learning new things every day and consistently re-evaluating what I think I know about my job as a manager of a local Post Office in a remote community.”

What gives you hope this International Women’s Day? 
“My hope is that more workplaces develop fair practices for women within all industries. ‘Equality’ doesn't do justice to a modern society as there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to the issues that women are still facing in the workplace. It is getting better, but we aren't there yet.”

What are some of the ways we can keep the message of International Women’s Day alive throughout the year?
“Every day is a day that we can celebrate. I see no reason we should celebrate the progress of women on a select day of the year. Whenever we see an opportunity to support and encourage fellow females in their careers, small business ideas, philanthropy, and family is a good day indeed.” 

Sharbani Dhar - Design Director Operations Digital Channels and Innovation at Australia Post

Sharbani looks after the people, culture and processes of the Digital Experience team at Australia Post. Her team is responsible for crafting delightful, user-friendly digital experiences for our customers, which help them stay informed and connected even when they are not physically able to come into our stores.