International Women's Day (IWD), celebrates the economic, political and social accomplishments of women throughout the world. On the 8th March and throughout the month of March, IWD is a time to acknowledge and action gender inclusivity.
The inaugural celebration of IWD was held in 1911, however it was a tenet of the suffragettes from the earlier 20th Century. The best description of IWD I have heard is as a day to celebrate women who have been rising above the noise and elevating the empowerment of women worldwide. As it stands, Australia ranks 35th on the Global Gender Gap Report, this report takes into account; economic participation and opportunity, education, health, survival and political empowerment. We can give ourselves some kudos on making improvements from our previous ranking of 46, however it is interesting to note that our friendly neighbours over ditch are ranked 9th out of 144 countries! Iceland, ranked number 1 for the past 9 years, have closed their gender gap by a whooping 88% - here’s hoping Australia can do the same!
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”
Gender equality and the appreciation of women is an integral and remarkable part of our society and should be not only be highlighted on IWD but constantly pursued. We see our values mirrored on a macro scale in the IWD ethos, and we will continue supporting the press for progress and drive for equality in our small business in whatever way we can.
If you want to contribute to lasting change and celebrate International Women’s Day, here are some suggestions:
- Conduct a pay audit in your workplace
- Set goals for gender parity in both your workplace and home
- Check your biases
- Educate yourself
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