Why It’s Important to #pressforprogress

Why It’s Important to #pressforprogress

Why It’s Important to #pressforprogress

Emerging from the labour movements in North America and Europe’s activities towards suffrage in the early twentieth century International Women’s Day is a little more than what it says on the tin!

It’s not just “Yes women are great, let’s eat some cake” (although we never turn down cake here at Yellow Cherry), it is the one day of the year that recognises and celebrates the value that women across the globe bring to their own communities, to our own communities and to the global community. What makes it so great is that it is not affiliated with any one group so can bring together governments, women’s organisations, businesses and charities. What this means is that it’s a great day to focus on the changes that need to be made to make progress in attaining equality for women across the globe – recognising this opportunity (when everyone is listening) International Women’s Day gives a rallying cry for focus on a particular campaign each year – this years theme is #pressforprogress.

But What is #pressforprogress all about?

The Global Gender Gap Report – benchmarks the progress of 144 countries in terms of gender parity across four main areas:

  1. Economic Participation and Opportunity
  2. Educational Attainment
  3. Health and Survival
  4. Political Empowerment

It also provides important data about gender gaps across industries and occupations. The 2017 report has shown that the gender gap is widening (the estimated time to gender parity is now 217 years). This is why press for progress is this years campaign theme for International Women’s Day.

But what does this have to do with you? Or us? Well It’s probable that every person XX’s and XY’s alike have experience inequality to women in some aspect of their life, so really it’s to do with everyone. Thankfully we have social media to help us out!

Make sure you make your stamp on #pressforprogress by using these handy social cards from the International Women’s Day Website.

It also doesn’t have to stop there, even if your business is small, or you think individually you can’t do much – you can. Get the word out that you appreciate the individual not the gender (or that the company you work for does). If you have the skills to support women training and working in typically male environments, or men training and working in typically female environments then do, it can be a challenging situation to be in. You could also choose to work with children through sports an activities to support the progress of parity in the future – these kind of things will not only help you feel fab, they also give you the opportunity to grow your network, build on team development, find a star employee where you might not have expected and as a bonus provide positive social media opportunities.

We have picked out a few of organisations that you could get involved in that have gender parity at their heart:

  1. The Fawcett Soceity – this is the UK’s leading charity for women’s rights and gender equality
  2. Malala Fund – Malala Fund is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear.
  3. STEM Learning – Working to achieve world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  4. Women in Sport – Their vision is a society where gender equality exists in every sphere, they advance this vision through and within sport
  5. Camfed – an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed
  6. HeForShe – This action-oriented movement towards gender equality invites men and women around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality.

Here at Yellow Cherry we are all about equality (except it’s too dangerous to let Roo make the coffee!), today our appreciation is going out to everyone who strives for gender equality in the workplace and all the terrific women we know in our everyday lives.

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