. International Women’s Day 2018
A day that brings together women’s organisations, global governments, businesses and charities. The day will be marked with rallies, talks, networking events, marches and performances on a global scale.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. A strong call to whole communities, colleagues and friends, to think, act and be gender inclusive.
This is a call for motivation to change the gender parity gap. The Worlds Economic Forum’s Global Gender Report of 2017, suggests that it will take 100 years to close the gender parity gap.
The original aim of International Women’s Day was to achieve gender equality for women – this has not yet been realised.
With the many scandals surrounding gender issues and the recent Hollywood scandal, it is now time to #PressforProgress.
I read with interest that the OSCARS goodie bags this year contained: pepper spray, a rape alarm and a test to discover if your drink has been spiked. These offerings were as a result of the #MeToo movement; where women from all over the world came forward to share their story of sexual harassment. How forward thinking of the OSCARS management team.
It seems to me that this last decade has uncovered a lot of detritus, with profound results. I will watch with growing optimism, the progress as it takes place over the next decade and sincerely hope that the changes are in favour of our daughters and granddaughters. Sadly and to my disgust. The gender pay gap still exists in The United Kingdom, where women earn up to less than 14% less than men.
We have a lot to thank the suffragettes for, and all of the other women throughout history and the current times; who have valiantly pushed forwards and made sure that their voices were heard loud and clear.
Ladies I am proud of you all.