International Women’s Day 2022 Can You Help #BreaktheBias?
Taking place on 8 March every year, International Women’s Day first began over a century ago. It celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, whilst working to accelerate gender equality.
What is International Women’s Day?
IWD is a UN-recognised annual event.
The first intimations of what eventually became the IWD were found in New York, where in 1908 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote, with the first National Woman’s Day being founded a year later.
Further to that, “the idea to make the day international came from a woman called Clara Zetkin. She suggested the idea in 1910 at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. There were 100 women there, from 17 countries, and they agreed on her suggestion unanimously”.
It was further reinforced as a truly international day of change in 1917, when women in Russia went on strike demanding “bread and peace”. From the embers of the Russian empire came the recognition of IWD, and in 1975 the UN made the day an official day of celebration.
What are the primary missions of IWD2022?
Thankfully gains are being made, but there is still a great deal to achieve on many fronts. The primary missions of IWD this year are:
- Build workplaces where women thrive
- Elevate visibility of women creatives
- Forge women’s empowerment worldwide
- Forge women’s equality in tech
- Celebrate the women forging change
- Empower women’s choices in health
What is #BreaktheBias?
#Break the Bias is the theme underpinning IWD in 2022, urging all to challenge and remove bias wherever they see it as below:
- Imagine a gender-equal world.
- A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
- A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
- A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
- Together we can forge women’s equality.
- Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
Some of the world’s biggest companies have partnered with IWD this year, including LinkedIn, John Deere and HCL Technologies. Other supporters amongst many others include Diageo, QBE, Capgemini, AECOM, Indeed and Salesforce.
Why do we celebrate IWD?
There is still considerable under representation of women and as a result of this unequal influence in society, politics and economics. Women represent half of the population and should therefore have half of the decision making power. They have a different contribution and approach to the conversation and this needs to be reflected in balanced decisions and policies that we all end up living by.
To put this into context:
- In 2021, the female population for the world was 49.6 %.vs 50.4% for men,
- However no country has achieved gender equality (UN, 2021)
- Women occupy just 20% of board seats globally,
- Women-led start-ups received just 2.3% of venture capital funding in 2020,
- The proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments is 25.58%,
- Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years,
- Globally, 41% of women live under restrictive abortion laws (CRR, 2022),
- Globally, an estimated 736 million women—almost one in three—have been subjected to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at least once in their life (30 per cent of women aged 15 and older) (UN Women, 2022)
As the UN has stated, working to alleviate the issues of patriarchal legacy behaviours and open up opportunities for women across the world will have an outsize effect on our long-term endeavours to increase sustainability and reduce the burden on the global poor, too.
An excellent read on IWD 2022 comes from World Economic Forum, in their piece What professional and career advice would you give to your younger self? – which asks 11 women CEOs who are leading the companies of tomorrow what professional and career advice they would give their younger selves.
There are myriad voices that show us how much more the international community can do to elevate women’s place and help reach equality and equity of opportunity, rights, and welfare in 2022 and beyond. We are proud at Renaix to be one part of that with a majority-women workforce and a 20-year record of placing women in the best senior management roles within leading multinationals.
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