Find out how women, and men, can make the push towards gender parity in the work place this International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is today, 8 March. It’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for speeding up the process towards gender parity.
IWD has been celebrated since the early 1900s. It’s a day that no single charity, NGO, government or organisation is responsible for, instead many organisations have collectively adopted IWD to declare, together, an annual IWD theme. This year it’s #BeBoldForChange.
How does being “bold” translate into action?
For International Women’s Day 2017, all the IWD organising partners (including Avon, PepsiCo, BP, Western Union, Caterpillar, Vodafone and many more) are calling on the masses – men and women – to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world by talking about and acting against gender inequality.
Last year the campaign was #PledgeforParity. Despite the huge publicity created by that campaign, the World Economic Forum still predicts that the gender gap won’t close completely until 2186… 169 years from now!
Clearly, continued effort is needed to speed up the process. “IWD is an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity,” say the organisers.
Use the hashtag #BeBoldForChange when discussing your actions to help accelerate gender parity.
Here are some #BeBoldForChange actions that you can get involved with before and after this year’s International Women’s Day (click on the image below to expand on the ideas)
Is IWD an official holiday where you live?
IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends and colleagues with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day.
If the topic of a woman’s place in industry and the workplace really gets you going, read EY’s excellent report ‘Women in Industry’, which includes ‘What women can do’ and ‘What men can do’ and their series of ‘Inspiring Women’ interviews.
Wouldn’t it be great if expat women all over the world made 8 March – International Women’s Day – Mother’s Day? After all, how many of us remember the right day when we are far from our own home country?