International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8 March and has been in existence for over 100 years. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women across a spectrum of social, economic, cultural, and political activity. It’s a day that champions unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. It’s a day that calls for gender parity.
It’s a day that by the time you read this, will already be behind you for another year…
When organisations want to implement change to achieve long-term organisational objectives, they wouldn’t expect to be able to engage in a flurry of activity for just one day and for any lasting change to happen.
As fantastic as it is that more and more individuals and organisations are celebrating IWD globally, we have to ask ourselves: Is it enough?
If we truly want to achieve change as we work towards gender parity, celebration is just one aspect. This celebration must also be backed by continuous, strategic activity that aims to increase both individual understanding of the issues and collective responsibility for achieving gender balance.
With financial, cultural, and operational benefits of achieving gender parity in organisations being well documented, organisations are recognising that they need to establish ongoing activities and initiatives that contribute to behavioural and cultural change and make gender diversity intrinsic to their DNA.
International Women’s Day is an incredible force for increasing awareness of gender diversity – let’s work to ensure its impact isn’t felt just for a day.
If you’re aware of inspirational work or great initiatives in your organisation, Laura Kaye, Diversity Champion for the East Midlands Regional Board would love to hear from you.