Based on the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report, the average distance completed to parity is at 68.0%, which is only a marginal improvement over last year. In other words, to date there is still a 32.0% average gender gap that remains to be closed. The need for continued global momentum for gender parity is still paramount. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. March 8 is fast approaching and is International Women's Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender balance.
The 2019 International Women's Day campaign theme is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world, to accelerate gender balance. Balance is not a women's issue; it's a business issue. 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. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
For this challenge, we are simply asking, how will you help make a difference?
Balance for Better
We are asking you to commit to a “gender-parity mindset” through progressive action. Select one area to which you can specifically commit and press for progress in gender parity in your own sphere of influence. Categories for which you may want to achieve balance could include maintaining a gender parity mindset, challenging stereotypes and bias, forging positive visibility of women, influencing other’s beliefs and actions, or celebrating women’s achievements. Let’s all collaborate to accelerate gender parity, and use our collective action to power equality worldwide.
To join the challenge:
In closing, thank 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. Works for Women is continuing to build a better place for women to lead!