International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, millions support IWD globally.
International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual
The campaign theme for IWD this year is #EachforEqual. As Greta Thunberg, an environmental activist and campaigner for climate change have proven. One individual can make a change. Collectively we can all come together to affect real change.
I love this year’s theme #EachforEqual. We are all responsible for ourselves. Yet it is important to collectively fight for gender equality everywhere.
I am a massive advocate of celebrating other women’s achievements in the workplace. Whilst a massive fan of celebrating everyone’s achievements, it’s key to mentor and celebrate women in every aspect of our lives. We still face everyday sexism in the workplace. How many times have you been ignored, passed over or not taken seriously? It’s also important that our brothers, fathers, friends and co-workers support us too.
IWD2020 Campaign Messages
Below you can find key messages from the IWD2020 Campaign, which I felt important to share with you all.
‘An equal world is an enabled world.
Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world.
‘The IWD 2020 campaign theme looks at how we can all contribute through ‘Collective Individualism.’
We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.
Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender-equal world.
We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.’
Year-long activity and collaboration
The 2020 #EachforEqual campaign runs all year long. It doesn’t end today on International Women’s Day.
The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #EachforEqual activity reinforced and amplified all year.
How can we get involved?
So what can we all do to help each other? Laura Whitmore recently spoke about being kind to each other on BBC Radio 5 Live, following the tragic death of Caroline Flack. If we were all responsible for ourselves. What we say. What we do. Then we can individually and collectively help this world be a kinder and better place. In a number of parts of the world, women are still fighting for their basic rights. Let’s not forget them.
We can all contribute in some way. As mothers, daughters, aunts, work-colleagues and friends. We can all make a difference. Some ideas of how we can all contribute are below.
Look for Events this year where you can contribute, fund-raise or raise awareness of key causes
Men and women need to work together to make the workplace equal. Financial and workplace equality is of paramount importance to our current and future careers. From the minute women enter the workplace, equal pay should be a guarantee. We also need to set the precedent for women entering the workplace after us.
Does your workplace champion and celebrate women?. It’s important to understand our value, ask for promotions and pay rises, even in this post-Brexit economy. Know your worth. If you do not feel valued where you are. Look to move on to something better. Don’t stay where you don’t feel nurtured, valued and championed.
Prime Employers for Women meet 10 criteria
Employers like Diego, Oracle and, Amazon and MacDonalds are all employers which meet the criteria to become a Prime Employer.
demonstrate executive leadership commitment to gender equality
embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion
forge a female hiring pipeline from early career to executive level
value and support flexible working arrangements
provide formal avenues to address any concerns of bias
ensure women’s inclusion from supply chain through to decision making
ensure marketing and communications are consistently free from stereotyping
provide external support for women’s advancement
monitor progress and outcomes from equality initiatives and activity
maintain external validation of progressive employer practice