A PLEDGE FOR PARITY
“Women are half the world’s population, yet
they do two-thirds of the world’s work, earn
one-tenth of the world’s income, and own
less than one per cent of the world’s property.
They are among the poorest of the world’s
former President of World Bank
The 2016 IWD theme, “Pledge for Parity,” is
intended to reignite efforts to achieve fair and equitable roles for women globally. According to the
IWD website, the World Economic Forum predicted
in 2014 that, at the rate of progress then apparent, it
would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity.
But, one year later in 2015, it estimated that the pace
of progress had slowed so significantly the gender gap
wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
“Pledge for Parity” is simply this – what is made
a commitment, becomes reality. Each person can be
a leader within their own spheres of influence and at
whatever level they currently interact. The pledge can
be executed by individuals or organizations on the
IWD website under several categories:
“Help women and girls achieve their ambitions - The
most important determinant of a country's competitiveness is its human talent via the skills and productivity of its workforce.
Challenge conscious and unconscious bias - Studies
show that gender-balanced organizations and teams
deliver stronger results, and that inclusive societies are
more progressive, but ingrained bias slows the progress of equality.
Call for gender-balanced leadership - Companies
with women board members outperform in return
on equity, net income growth, and price-to-book value
as well as a host of non-financial measures.
Value women and men's contributions equally - Raising the female labor force participation rate to match
that of men will have a positive impact on GDP in
both developed and developing economies.
Create inclusive, flexible cultures - After competitive pay and benefits, workers in eight countries rank
working flexibly and still being on track for promotion
as what they value most in a potential job.”
A GLOBAL CELEBRATION
“How important it is for us to recognize and
celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
African- American Poet
According to the IWD website, thousands of
AN EVOLVING CHALLENGE
events occur each year to celebrate International
Women's Day. The activities range widely and include
“large global gatherings, conferences, awards, exhibi-
tions, festivals, fun runs, corporate events, concerts
and performances, key speaker events, online digital
gatherings and more. Events are held by many types
of groups including women's networks, corporations,
charities, educational institutions, government bodies,
political parties and the media.”
Want to do a fun run in Brisbane? A tech show
in London? How about a gala lunch in Hong Kong?
Maybe your taste runs Cajun, and you would prefer
a brunch and program in New Orleans. Numerous
events will occur locally and globally. The IWD website
has dedicated a page to posts for events with a search
engine driven by country and city.
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you
want something done, ask a woman.”
first female prime minister of Britain
Unlike times past, our role models and examples
abound. Women have not only accomplished ‘firsts,’ but,
many historically ‘non-traditional’ roles for women have
become more commonplace. We’ve witnessed signifi-
cant groundbreaking across industries and disciplines:
• Sandra Day O’Connor - the first female U.S. Su-
preme Court justice and first woman to serve as
Arizona's Senate majority leader.