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International Women’s Day 2021: From Challenge Comes Change

BY Jenny Brunton
Employment Law & HR

Earlier this month saw the global celebration of International Women’s Day. This year, the theme for the campaign is #ChooseToChallenge, promoting the idea that collectively, we can help create an inclusive world if we choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.


First celebrated in 1911, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Not only does this day promote the celebration of women, but stimulates reflection. International Women’s Day provides a great opportunity to get involved in promoting gender equality within the workplace.


The world has made extraordinary advances, but no country has achieved gender equality. Whilst the gender pay gap is decreasing, it is reported that men earn 17.9% more than women on average per hour. This shows that there is a long way to go in order to achieve gender equality within the workplace.


The World Economic Forum estimates that none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. Gender parity will not be attained for at least 99.5 years, and this could possibly be exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. This is why we need to choose to challenge; to forge an inclusive world.


Whilst International Women’s Day places a spotlight on the need for gender parity, we aim to assist our clients in having a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion as part of a wider commitment, all year round.


If you’re an employer, the first step to empowering women can be as simple as implementing staff policies that provide equal opportunities and rights for women. For instance, having an equal opportunities policy, flexible working policy and anti-harassment and bullying policy is a great way to demonstrate an inclusive attitude.


From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge and help build a gender-equal world.

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