Today, on Friday 8 March, we celebrate International Women’s Day across the world.
For many, it’s a day to celebrate women’s achievements; for others, it’s a reminder and call-to-action to continue pushing for gender equality.
One of the key areas in which we see a lack of gender equality is in the workforce, where there remains a clear difference between the way women and men are treated and valued.
In fact, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017 has predicted that it will take over two centuries to achieve gender parity across the world – with another 217 years of inequality for female workers.
As a start, you can:
By working to address inequality, and encourage a higher representation of female leadership, you'll be pressing for progress in this area.
Your organisation will also benefit from having more women in leadership roles, as you’ll be encouraging greater diversity of thought and experience – something that is highly valuable in any industry.
It’s not just CEOs and employers who can make a difference in improving gender equality in the workplace.
Employees are also encouraged to look closely at how their female colleagues are treated and valued in the workplace. Let International Women’s Day be a reminder to speak up about gender inequality when you see it.
The International Women’s Day website has excellent suggestions for how individuals – women, men and non-binary people – can create positive change within their own spheres of influence. In doing this, male employees can help to address gender bias in the workplace, becoming better champions and allies for equality.