Attaining gender equality is everyone’s responsibility

Mar 7, 2018
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We have women who work blue-collar, in banking and the Stock markets.

As a proud feminist, I’m determined to do all I can to fight for gender equality. Fortunately, the cost of doing nothing is too high for any business – and economies as a whole – to bear, which is why we are optimistic that eliminating gender bias at work is possible. Since 1975, the holiday has gained awareness around the globe as a way to recognize women for their achievements. So, it is time to have equality among the masses. This will be the first ever monument of a woman to stand there, and the first statue in Parliament Square created by a woman – Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE.

Erika Kvapilova, UN Women Country Representative, told the audience: “Women’s empowerment is not only an important human rights imperative, and a precondition of sustainable development, but it also contributes to higher productivity, better results and greater sustainability for private companies”. It focuses on encouraging more women to choose housing and construction as a career and supports the progression of women already in the sector, challenging stereotypes and barriers.

The research also concludes that confidence helps men get ahead but makes a small amount of difference for women.

The initiative – known as Clare’s Law after Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009 – allows police to disclose information on request concerning a partner’s track record of domestic violence or other aggressive acts. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. This kind of controlling behaviour can make it hard, sometimes unsafe for a victim to seek help.

I am a woman, watch me multi-task! The day includes rallies, performances, networking events and marches that take place all over the world. We are working closely with countries around the world to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse by staff in peacekeeping missions, and to support victims.

“We should honour their efforts by looking at what more can be done to break down the barriers holding women back, whether at home or at work, both in the United Kingdom and around the world”.

The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report shows gender equality could be over 200 years away”, says Vanisa. Moreover, women who do have paying jobs outside the home are on the wrong side of a gender wage gap that averages 23 percent, suggesting that equality is not only about opportunity. Trends like #MeToo gave voice to the way women are treated by men in power.

Stephanie said: “It’s very different now, we have an abundance of females studying design and technology, which is fantastic, it’s a far cry from when I first started”. The name reminds us that violence often takes place in the dark, is denied or rendered invisible and that it can not survive in the light.

Special International Women's Day edition of The Northern Echo on Thursday

 

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