International Women's Day 2022

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to celebrate women and the contributions we make across the globe in improving the rights of women. We all have our role to play in creating a more gender balanced world.

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International Women’s Day 2022

 

#BREAKTHEBIAS

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to celebrate women and the contributions we make across the globe in improving the rights of women. We all have our role to play in creating a more gender balanced world.

So – What is IWD and why is important for us to celebrate. Well, first we need to take a moment to understand where it started. It is a global event celebrated on the 8th March each year, it is both a time to celebrate the political, economic and cultural achievements we as women make to the world, which often can go by unnoticed.

It is a call to action for women to come together and shine a light on our achievements and to ensure the areas such as pay, pensions, representation and gender parity, and that our voices are heard loud and clear at every level, listened to in every part of society, be it health care provision, work, care, housing, education the list is endless.

Whilst the gender pay reporting identifies a clear disparity, it also identifies the need to look at data to ensure women and the affects of intersectionality are taken into account, on how we are able …or not ….to progress in our workplaces.

Decisions made without our voices make for poor services, poor decisions and contribute to the negative impact not having our voices at the table has on us as women, mothers, daughters, partners and most of all to the society we frequent.

With its origins rooted prior to 1911 in the Socialist Party of America, in 1911 the numbers of countries joining the event increased significantly and here in the UK the suffragists movement and suffragettes campaigned for women’s rights.

Today we as women globally come together to campaign, seek out allies and ensure that women’s rights are considered and improved across a world we help to build.

In a society which now sees greater challenges where gender stereotypes are challenged, but unconscious, conscious bias still exists, and remains a challenge in the workplace and beyond.

Perhaps …. #wewillcallitout should be our moto to call out the inequity when we see it, to work with each other to support and campaign together for a future that address the gender pay gap, see women progress in the workplace and therefore address the imbalance all these factors have on our pay, pension and our economic prosperity.

So …. from the Cardiff Met SU we wish you a future full of opportunity. Let’s celebrate our successes with an eye to the future and the many challenges we need to face together #breakthebias

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