The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, and is all about building a more gender-balanced world. There’s no better time than now to talk about the role that everyone can play in supporting the benefits of a gender-balanced workforce.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. Gender balance is not just a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. There is increasing demand for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, and so on, as it has proven essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Collective action and shared responsibility is the key to driving a gender-balanced world. A gender balanced workplace can be driven through everyday actions such as:
- Listening to women in the workforce to better develop personal insights into the issue.
- Changing your language to better reflect a gender-balanced workforce, and eliminate everyday sexism.
- Testing the messages that you may project every day in your role, and tailor your actions accordingly.
- Be the voice of change in your workplace, and start suggesting any opportunities you see for improvement in gender equality.
This International Women’s Day is the perfect time to start thinking about the actions you can take to support your female colleagues, and to begin building a gender-balanced world, starting in the workplace. POF is committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion in order to #BalanceforBetter.