PUTTING GENDER ON THE AGENDA FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2019
By Tricia Scott
International Women’s Day 2019 marks the start of an exciting year-long campaign working towards a gender balanced world. This isn’t a women’s issue, its an issue for everyone. Everyone has a part to play, every day at all times and times are changing. A shift is happening and 2019 is the perfect time to reinforce and push forward with the positive changes already afoot.
We live in a time where more than ever the world expects balance. When it’s lacking we notice, we use our voice and current events are proving that those cries no longer fall upon seemingly deaf ears. Balance drives a better, fairer working world and we are on board for the long haul.
Running a community for female entrepreneurs often throws me into the feminist spotlight with male counterparts and it's not always been a pleasant encounter so let's be clear.
My support for the rise of women is absolutely not, in any way, shape or form, about the fall of men.
Every single person, gender irrelevant, can and should play a role in forging gender parity. This is an economic issue and in order to get anywhere, we need to change mindsets, challenge stereotypes and encourage positive action and it starts in our own businesses and communities.
Since the late 1800’s women have fought long and hard; The right to vote, participation in government, equal pay for equal work and inclusion to name but a few issues. Times, it seems, are eventually beginning to change, in recent years influential men have joined the conversation and publicly championed the cause, giving rise to more diverse and inclusive organisations worldwide and now, as we move on into the next chapter of the story we do so with our best foot forward. Movements such as #MeToo #WeToo and #TimesUp not to mention the massive rise in IWD activity mean that indeed, gender is firmly on the agenda.
Here’s the numbers? *
Worldwide, women hold just 24% of seats in parliaments
Women lead only 13 of 195 countries
Women hold 15% of board seats worldwide
In 2018, women directed 4% of top-grossing movies
Women were awarded only 15% per cent of scientific prizes
Women are paid 23% less globally
At the current rate, it will take 202 years to close the gender pay gap globally
We are making progresS - 2018 saw some great strides forward for women globally, including but not limited to:
The UK introduced mandatory gender pay gap reporting
Saudi Arabia made it legal for women to drive
El Salvador passed a law to protect women from violence at work
Spain’s prime minister appointed a majority- women cabinet
Starbucks promised 100% pay equality for women and minorities
Adobe achieved equal pay globally
The future is both promising and exciting. Let's build a gender-balanced world.
Everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere. How will you show up?
I'm Tricia and i'm the proud Founder and Editor of The Female CEO community. I hold the space to showcase female entrepreneurs (with the help of my team of fabulous guest editors and bloggers) from all over the world. I literally have the best job ever! I work and collaborate with various organisations to bring you the most inspirational journeys, stories and training I can find to help you on your own personal success mission. I am so proud of the way our platform is expanding and gaining recognition globally and I am, of course, thrilled to be able to bring my own level of expertise as a mentor and multi company director to our very exclusive table. You'll usually find me with my Macbook in one hand and a coffee or a glass of something fizzy in the other and I always have sunglasses in my hair. Feel free to drop me a line anytime.