08 March 2018 - International Women's Day
What You Can Do To Advance Equality On International Women's Day...And Every Day
Shelley Zalis (Forbes, 08/03/2018)
The time is now for equality. A new global study by Ipsos in collaboration with International Women’s Day finds that people are overly optimistic about how long it will take to reach gender equality. “There are still significant misperceptions related to gender issues, from underestimating women’s experience of sexual harassment, to overestimating when pay and economic equality will be achieved,” said Amy Fenton, CMO Ipsos North America. “Understanding the extent of the challenge is critical as we continue to #PressForProgress.”
Sexist agendas are finally exposed on International Women's Day
Alexandra Topping (The Guardian, 08/03/2018)
Demands for an end to violence against women, equality in the workplace and more diverse representation in positions of power are nothing new on International Women’s Day – the cry for change is as regular as the day itself. But this year, feminists argue, could be different: people may just be listening.
Since sexual harassment scandals tore through Hollywood last October, the repercussions keep on coming. In multiple workplaces, across unrelated fields, we are starting to see what change might look like.
At the start of the year 300 Hollywood employees, including many high-profile stars, launched the Time’s Up legal fund to support women fighting sexual misconduct; in less than a month, all UK companies with more than 250 employees will have to report their gender pay gaps; across the globe women are confronting repressive laws and speaking up at home and at work.
International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress
(International Women's Day)
With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.
And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.
The Radical Reason Why March 8 Is International Women's Day
Suyin Haynes (Time Magazine, 08/03/2018)
As people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday — an annual March 8 observance — countries from Kyrgyzstan to Cambodia will officially honor women’s rights and achievements across the political, economic, social and cultural spheres. The day has been designated as an official United Nations observance since 1975, which was International Women’s Year, and is a national holiday in many parts of the world.
But the day’s origins go much further back than 1975 — and are more radical than what we might expect from a day so widely celebrated.