Friday 8 March marks the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. The theme for 2019 is “Balance for Better”, underpinning a goal for us all to work together to build a gender balanced world. It seems astonishing that despite the equalities legislation of the 1980s and subsequently that there is still a lot more to be achieved. Quite rightly we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We can all notice its absence and celebrate its presence.
International Women’s Day is a day to reflect on the progress made in the fight for women’s rights, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the fights for women’s rights in their countries and communities.
It is some progress that more women are working than ever before. Today, over 70% of women aged 16-64 are employed, which is up from 53% in 1971. But is still below the 80% of men in employment today.
Despite these increases, there is still a gap that needs to be bridged and International Women’s Day raises awareness of this. We need to continue the fight and achieve balance for better.
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