What is it?
Today marks International Women’s Day (8 March), and parity – or achieving gender equality in status or pay – is this year’s theme.
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. We have much to celebrate today but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
Globally, there’s no doubting that everyone, both men and women, would be better off if this were achieved – last year’s McKinsey Global Institute report found that advancing women’s equality and erasing the gender gap could add $12trillion to global growth.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. However in 2015, it was estimated that a slowdown in the pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133; in 117 years’ time.
What can we do?
Everyone can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
Globally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action - and with men and women joining forces - we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realise the limitless potential they offer economies the world over. We have urgent work to do.
How can I pledge?
Are you ready to accelerate gender parity? Today at Four Seasons Recruitment we are pledging for parity at www.internationalwomensday.com – join us! And fight for change.