ISSA Hygieia Network
Advancing The Women Of The World’s Cleaning Industry

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Named after the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene

The ISSA Hygieia Network is an international community dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in all branches and at all levels of the global cleaning industry, with special focus on cleaners’ advancement.

Advancing The Women Of The World’s Cleaning Industry

It will provide ongoing education, networking, professional development, and personal recognition awards available to any women working in, or associated with, the industry.


This vibrant, world-wide community is open to any woman or man employed in, or associated with, the cleaning industry.


Why We Must Take Action

The moral imperative:

Women should not face gender discrimination and should always enjoy opportunities for advancement solely on merit. Sadly this is not always the case and, exacerbating the problem, women at all levels are often less confident requesting the tools and training required for continuous professional development.


The ISSA Hygieia Network aims to reverse this invidious social conditioning and provide an empowering and supportive network that allows talent to shine and develop regardless of gender.


Improving the bottom line:

The business case for diversity and gender equality is equally irrefutable. A more diverse workplace – in which women are able to freely participate and where their contribution is valued – fosters creativity and innovation.


A more diverse workforce also enables the understanding of a broader range of market segments, offering the potential for business growth.


Numerous studies show that organizations with middle and senior management teams that are gender balanced consistently enjoy better bottom-line results.


“70 years ago when my grandmother went to work, she walked through the backdoor of the building… just because she was a woman. Still today, too many doors remain closed to too many women. I want our daughters and granddaughters to be able to walk through any door of any building in any place in the world.”
Deborah Gillis, CEO at Catalyst


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