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Monday, March 7, 2016

International Women's Day #PledgeForParity


Tomorrow (March 8th) marks International Women's Day. This year's campaign is to #PledgeForParity. 

From their website:

IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

So how do we want to celebrate International Women's Day 2016?

We say by Pledging For Parity!
Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

For me personally I pledge to...
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.
Organizations must build cultures where all people feel valued and included and can contribute fully according to their capabilities.
Individuals can commit to learning about their own biases, adjusting their behaviour as needed and welcoming different experiences and points of view.

Please take a look at their website and learn more of IWD and see what you can do.

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