International Women’s Day 2018: A Time For Reflection, Not Just Celebration.
We wanted to celebrate International Women’s Day this year; however, while reading The Global Gender Gap Report we noticed something rather upsetting. This report tracks gender parity across four key areas: health, education, economics and politics and estimates how long it will take to achieve gender parity.
For the first time since the report began, the journey to gender parity has actually regressed. Instead of taking 170 years to close the gap at the current rate of progress, it is estimated that gender parity across the world will take over two centuries, 217 years to be exact. Instead of celebrating International Women’s Day, we are mourning this regression with a collection of mock sympathy cards.
Our aim is to highlight that despite everything positive that happened in the last year, gender parity regressed globally. While it is important to appreciate all of the celebratory campaigns today we must remain aware that there is still work to be done.
We remain hopeful as we are fortunate enough to find ourselves in a position to press for progress and to celebrate closing the gender parity gap once again when the 2018 report is released.
Visit the International Women’s Day site which contains a wealth of resources to empower us to get progress back on track and see what you can do to close the gap.