Since its beginnings in Denmark in 1911, the driving ethos behind International Women’s Day (IWD) has been to seek equality between genders in all aspects of life. The theme for 2019, #balanceforbetter, aims to reinforce the organisation’s push for a more gender-balanced world, with a particular focus on raising awareness against gender related bias in the workplace.
As many of us in the business world are acutely aware, gender balance is an issue which still requires a great deal of attention and focus. As the IWD website states: ‘The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage.’
Part of this focus lies in strengthening the roles of women in business, and in 2019 the IWD team is encouraging the adoption of a more harmonious workplace; reminding us that gender balance is an issue of equal importance to business and society as a whole, not only for women.
Balancing the books
Recent figures published by the McKinsey Global Institute suggest that 12 trillion dollars could be added to the global economy by 2025 by advancing the equality of women in the workplace and closing outdated gender gaps - representing an increase of 11% in global GDP. So, clearly, recognising and eradicating gender disbalance in the workplace is a route to a better world for us all.
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“In the meantime, I started my own business, and it was interesting to see that I can apply some of the knowledge I acquired in my own business to my studies. Now my company has 16 employees, and we are growing year on year.”
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Don’t forget to support International Women’s Day on 08 March by using the hashtag #balanceforbetter. You can also find out more about IWD events that are taking place near you by following this link.