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Category: Gender Balance, gender bias, gender and equality
Celebrating Women’s Month.
Every March to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March we celebrate Women in all forms. It is essentially a month where everyone raises awareness for the impact women have made on history, and to highlight the needs and issues many women face worldwide today.
In many parts of the world, women are still highly discriminated against, and may even have less access to education and economic opportunities. That’s why throughout the month, we all share and support women’s rights to give light to these issues.
Women’s Month commemorates the history of women’s impact in the world and to raise awareness of issues women are facing worldwide, International Women's Day was established to commemorate the movement for women's rights.
Women and work
When women work for an inclusive employer where their career is supported, life can be very different. Yet time and time again, women often find themselves working for an employer that doesn't support or value their contributions. Toxic work cultures, poor promotional opportunities, lack of flexibility, limited benefits, and pay inequity are some of the reasons women tend to look for a better employer. Plus, a visible lack of women at upper levels can provide a pretty good clue that a company is struggling to attract strong talent.
Thankfully there are many progressive employers with inclusive work cultures, impressive employee benefits, outstanding development opportunities, good flexible working practices, and rewarding career opportunities and we are proud to have them on the VERCIDA platform.
When women enjoy their work, it is often because they feel valued and supported. Additionally, the work is rewarding and meaningful, the environment is dynamic and inclusive, and the pay and benefits are highly competitive. When women are supported to achieve success, and their values are aligned with their employer's - it is more likely their careers will thrive.
Choosing the right employer can significantly help a woman's career and improve her overall wellbeing. Being able to get a true sense about an employer before applying for their jobs is key. So to highlight how women are supported within an organisation is essential for everyone. Highlighting key initiatives and inclusive features like a champions network, flexible working, gender pay equality, wellbeing and corporate social responsibilities are just a few things an employer can make more visible.
Impact throughout a crisis
A major crisis is emerging where more than one in four women are thinking about potentially downshifting their careers or even leaving the workforce.
The 2020 Women in the Workplace report from LeanIn and McKinsey & Co. reveals slow but measurable progress for women at all levels of management. Yet, many of the gains could potentially be wiped out in a single year as a significant number of women may leave their jobs due to the impact of Covid-19.
Download the Women in the Workplace report here.
That’s why right now we need to celebrate women and encourage an incredible workforce having such successes in so many ways.
'Hiring and promoting talented women is the right thing to do for society as well as an economic imperative."