As people celebrate International Women’s Day across the world we take the opportunity to look at the theme for 2017, Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.
Background to the theme – “In 2015, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, placing gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Achievement of the goals, including ending poverty, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, reducing inequalities within and between countries, and achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in the world of work”. (UN Women)
Keeping in with the theme of women in work we have decided to ask around the office to gather the views of the team here at Think Global Recruitment to find out what it means to them. As an internationally focused company with a majority female staff we thought that it was appropriate for us to share our views on the day.
“For me women’s day is a day when women are celebrated and it raises awareness of the inequalities and struggles that women face in every aspect of their lives. It is a step towards creating more fair and just society where women are viewed as equals to men”. – Laura S
“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate and be thankful for the progress made so far in striving for equality for women worldwide. It is also a day to remember the work and potential progress that lies ahead of us – it is often easy whilst living in a privileged Western country to forget the hardship faced by women all round the world who are still denied basic human rights.” – Tilly
“I think that this day is a great idea Women are still treated unequally across the world which is such a shame because women in general are becoming so strong. I saw a video the other day online about a Polish politician in the EU parliament standing up and telling the room how useless women are, how they shouldn’t be allowed equal pay or equal representation in politics because we are “weak” and “the lesser gender”. A female Spanish politician then stood up and challenged this and I was so impressed by the comments she made, standing up for women everywhere. Women are just as capable and intelligent as any man, and we have proved throughout the years that we can stand up against discrimination.” – Jenny
“It’s great to see at Think Global Recruitment that inequality is not an issue and there are equal rights and chances to progress throughout the company regardless of gender”- Aidan
“It’s important for us to make sure we mark these days so that we can take time to reflect and celebrate on how far we have come as a society in terms of equality. These goals allow us to strive towards a world in which people are treated equally and no longer have to fear discrimination either inside the workplace or outside of it.” – Peter
We hope that any of you marking this day enjoy the celebrations.
Happy International Women’s Day from the team at Think Global Recruitment.