HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. Although it’s not so happy when you appreciate the focus this year. According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won’t entirely close until 2186. Not sure how they’ve worked that out, but that is ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE YEARS AWAY. THAT IS WAAAAAY TOO LONG TO WAIT.
International Women’s Day this year is calling on every one of us to take responsibility within our own sphere of influence to help accelerate gender parity. Through collaboration, we need to speed this up to help create a more gender inclusive world. The aim is to call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.
So have a think about what you can. No idea what I can do. Apart from TALK A LOT IN CAPITALS and use the hashtag #BeBoldForChange.
The key for me is childcare. This is too expensive and gender biased. Women are still the ones who mainly look after the children and have to take lower paid jobs as a result. What about if the full time parent gets paid to look after their children? I still believe that this is one of the most crucial roles to play in bringing up the next generation and that work should be financially recognised in order to help support parents who stay at home to do that job. It is a full time role and should be recognised accordingly.
Celebrating women’s achievement is another good place to start. We need to do more to raise visibility and recognition. Here are a few suggestions although honestly, I can’t believe we are still at this stage of the game:
- raise women’s visibility as spokespeople in the media
- drive fairer recognition and credit for women’s contributions
- launch even more awards showcasing women’s success
- hail the success of women leaders
- applaud social, economic, cultural and political women role models
- celebrate women’s journeys and the barriers overcome
- reinforce and support women’s triumphs
So come on girls, lets get shouting. Set that keyboard on CAPITALS AND BE OUTRAGED.
Let me know if I can help…..