1Since 1975 the United Nations has been celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. It was first marked in the US on 28 February 1909 in honour of the garment worker’s strike in New York where women protested against their working conditions. This year’s theme is: rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives #PressforProgress. This is to celebrate social, cultural, economic and political successes of women globally - and especially this year - to promote an improvement in the livelihoods and wellbeing of rural women, who 2make up over a quarter of the world’s population, but still fare worse off than rural men and urban women. Less than 20% of landholders worldwide are women.
3The global pay gap between men and women is 23% and in 4rural areas this can actually rise to up to 40% - showing that inequality still exists around the world. This disparity isn’t confined to rural environments, as gender pay gaps still exist in the UK with some women earning up to 514% less than men in 2017. If we think that the first of these days was in 1909, how far have we actually come?
62018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed – which allowed women over the age of 30 to vote. There’s no doubt inequality still exists; you only have to look at the news headlines over the past year. However, this international effort 7promotes unity, equality and advocacy - driving a growing determination for change.
Equality, diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness are topics that have been addressed many times in projects that Walkgrove have tackled. We have covered different angles relating to gender, race, ethnicity, disability and cultural awareness for many different organisations across different sectors. Have a look at our case studies http://www.walkgrove.co.uk/case-studies/category/equality-and-diversity-training.
Check out our International Women’s Day blog.