With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings showing us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. As we discussed at the start of 2018, with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp – there is growingglobal momentum pushingfor gender parity.
We know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, but acround the world women are making positive gains day by day. There is a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism, and support. Now, more than ever, there’s a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues, and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
Works for Women, is taking a page from International Women’s Day (March 8th) and challenging our community to collectively Press for Progress. This day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be unwavering in accelerating gender parity.
March Challenge – Press for Progress
We are asking you to commit to a “gender parity mindset” through progressive action by selecting one area that you can specifically commit to and press for progress in gender parity in your own sphere of influence. Categories for which you may want to Press for Progress include maintaining a gender parity mindset, challenging stereotypes and bias, forging positive visibility of women, influencing other’ 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:
1. Identify a statement that characterizes how you will Press for Progress when it comes to gender parity in your workplace. Download the Pledge file and activate how you will Press for Progress.
2. Share your Press for Progress statement with your network and broaden the reach by using the hashtags: #WorksForWomenAB #PressForProgress #ChampionsForChange. Be sure to use the attached template to capture your statement
3. Connect with others in your network and encourage them to also Press for Progress
When Works for Women sat down to determine how wewould be pressing for progress on International Women’s Day, we wanted to identify a way to unite the community. What started locally in Edmonton was a plan to light up the High Level Bridge, an iconic sight in Edmonton’s river valley, turning into a bold idea to light Edmonton’s skyline for International Women’s Day. (In 2013, a grassroots campaign to install energy efficient lighting on the bridge was started. Citizens and businesses of Edmonton raised the funds to bring the project to life, and now light the bridge celebrates and builds community spirit in Edmonton).
The Skyline Takeover is a visual realization of the Edmonton community’s commitment to greater diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in workplaces across the city – publically 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 the eve of International Women’s Day, our hope is to also show an undisputable beacon of solidarity among business leaders and to spark a conversation that accelerates much needed change in the workplace. It is time to publically demonstrate a shared commitment from the corporate community that we are all about creating workplaces that work for women.
As we thank the Edmonton community for coming together to raise awareness on International Women’s Day, and thank the following organizations for being a part of this inaugural event: Stantec, City of Edmonton, Qualico Developments, Katz Group, John Day Developments & Pangman Development, Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, AGA, Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, ATB Financial, ProCura, University of Alberta, Edmonton House and Pattison Outdoor.
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.