Happy International Women’s Day

6 March, 2024

Women are history makers, mums, teachers, activists, sisters, guides, friends, mentors, rule-makers (and rule-breakers), suffragettes, protestors, role models…

‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress’

Unfortunately, globally, women still have a long way to go to reach parity with men. Here are some important – and sobering – facts:

  • ‘Globally, over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men. Of 189 economies assessed in 2018, 104 economies still have laws preventing women from working in specific jobs, 59 economies have no laws on sexual harassment in the workplace, and in 18 economies, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working.
  • Globally, women are paid less than men. The gender wage gap is estimated to be 23 per cent… Women also face the motherhood wage penalty, which increases as the number of children a woman has increases.
  • Women tend to spend around 2.5 times more time on unpaid care and domestic work than men.
  • It is estimated that if women’s unpaid work were assigned a monetary value, it would constitute between 10 per cent and 39 per cent of GDP.
  • Despite gender inequalities in the labour market and gender wage gaps globally, women migrant workers were responsible for sending half of the estimated $601 billion in remittances worldwide in 2016.’

All facts taken from https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/economic-empowerment/facts-and-figures

But there are some things we can do at an individual level to help women reach equity. Here are some suggestions:

Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing, inspiring women I know, including my editorial friends and colleagues, fellow tutors and my wonderful clients!
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