The theme of International Women’s Day 2016 is PLEDGE FOR PARTIY. While we have much to celebrate today, 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. One year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap would not close entirely until 2133.
What can we do to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016? Everyone–men and women alike–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 differences, 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.
Gender parity is critical to working parents and ongoing efforts to ensure that both moms and dads have the opportunities they need to succeed professionally and personally.
Join others globally and MAKE A PLEDGE NOW!