On behalf of Works for Women, thank you for continuing to grow our community of individual champions who want to make Alberta a better place for women to lead. We are again humbled and honoured to see your commitment to creating a gender parity mindset and sharing how you will press for progress when it comes to gender parity in the workplace – including individuals who pledged to engage in meaningful dialogue and challenge the status quo, further the conversation and leverage empathy and simply challenge stereotypes and biases. Thank you for being unwavering in accelerating gender parity.
For those in Edmonton, or who were following along on social media (including this article featured in the Edmonton Journal), we hope you saw the skyline light up in purple. Thank you to each and every organization that participated in shinning a spot on women to celebrate today’s leaders, empower tomorrow’s and #PressForProgress in gender quality in the workplace. The skyline takeover was a visual realization of the Edmonton community’s commitment to greater diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in workplaces across the city – publicly demonstrating the collective power of our city’s commitment to make positive change happen so that women have a fair chance to advance and succeed at work. When the buildings and structures light up on International Women’s Day, we saw an indisputable beacon of solidarity among business leaders and sparked a conversation to accelerate much needed change in the workplace. Below is an image of this public demonstration and shared commitment from the corporate community about creating workplaces that work for women. For those that did not get a chance to tune into our discussion with Global News on International Women’s Day, you can watch the video here.
Now here are the details on this month’s challenge.
April Challenge – Supporting Women-Led and Women-Owned Businesses
There has been a strong force behind female empowerment, from government bodies to support women’s contribution to the economy. In February 2018, the Canadian federal government unveiled a broad suite of initiatives in its budget to promote equality and diversity in the workplace, aid female entrepreneurs, and make it easier for underrepresented groups including women, visible minorities and immigrants to enter and stay in the work force. This included a broad suite of initiatives, from giving more aid to female entrepreneurs, to enhancing parental leave benefits. No matter your political views, the conversation to boost the contributions to support female entrepreneurs and have more women in the workforce continues to boost gender equality. From a local perspective, groups like Alberta Women Entrepreneurs are dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. They provide unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and skills and network development.
This focus can also be seen at UN Women, where they strive to ensure that all operations, including procurement processes, support its mandate to achieve gender equality and empower women. Within the UN system, UN Women has a commitment to promote and enable procurement practices that will improve the degree to which UN procurement processes are gender-responsive. The United Nations, as well as the public and private sector, can use procurement to achieve great socioeconomic change for women and girls on a global scale, by implementing more inclusive processes that endorse supplier diversity. This month we are asking you to personally think about your own procurement practices, either at home or at work, and understand how women-led and women-owned businesses impact your buying decisions.
To join the April Challenge:
It is through our individual and conscious buying decisions that we can start to shift the landscape in the number of successful women-led and women-owned businesses.
We are pleased to share details on upcoming events in the month of April.
Upcoming Event (in Edmonton)
In closing, that you again for helping to spark dialogue, build awareness, and inspire action. We are reminded that change does not happen overnight, but by uniting our community we can take direct action to impact change. On behalf of Works for Women, thank you for helping us drive change in Alberta.