On March 8th, people across the globe celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere.
To mark International Women’s Day in 2020, the IWD community has outlined 3 very simple objectives:
- Celebrate women's achievements.
- Raise awareness against bias.
- Take action for equality.
What makes International Women’s Day so successful is that it’s proudly powered by the collective efforts of women everywhere, and has been since 1911.
Challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, improving working situations and celebrating women's achievements sits at the very heart of International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make a truly positive difference for women around the world.
Join us in celebrating the valuable contributions and outstanding achievements of the incredible working women in our lives.
Historic Wins For Women in the Workplace
When it comes to the world of work, women have come a very long way in a short space of time.
Both the first and second world wars provided women with new opportunities in the workplace.
As men left to go and fight the war efforts abroad, women were needed to take their place in factories and on farms. Women were already an important part of the workforce before the wars, but they were mainly limited to roles such as clerks or assistants.
While the long-lasting impacts of the wars on women’s employment have been hard to measure in full, there’s no doubt that the circumstances were a catalyst that gave women an opportunity to prove they were just as capable as men.
Since then, women have continued to smash the barriers that have stood in the way of equality in the workplace. Anti-discrimination laws and parliamentary legislation, such as the Equal Pay Act in 1970, have shown that with grit and determination society is able to move in the right direction.
But, while progress has been made there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Raising Awareness Against Bias
The UN has called gender inequality “the unfinished business of our time”. Unfortunately there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equality worldwide.
For too many women across the globe, gender bias is a daily part of their professional lives. Our jobs provide us with the economic means to support ourselves and our families, and they’re also a huge part of our health, wellbeing, and satisfaction in life. Everyone has a right to feel secure and valued in their place of work.
But, it can be difficult to understand the effects that stereotypes and unconscious bias can have until you've directly experienced them for yourself.
As many as 42% of women claim that they have experienced workplace discrimination first hand, with that statistic only accounting for the women who have reported it.
A key to changing workplace culture is to become more sensitive towards bias. For professional work environments to become more self-aware, employees need to actively make sure that there’s no room for harmful biases and gender bias is called out if and when it does happen.
The results will be a happier and more productive workplace for all employees.
The Incredible Women of Change Recruitment
This International Women’s Day we want to celebrate the marvelous women in our team who work hard day in and day out at Change Recruitment.
We’re proud to be a recruitment agency that empowers women to grow and develop their professional skills, because we’re passionate about the personal growth of our employees.
We understand that successful career progression is something that has to be actively nurtured and recognise that flexible working plays an important part in female empowerment, especially for women who need to adapt their working lives around their care duties.
We’re confident that a good work-life balance results in increased productivity, performance and morale, which is why we strive to support women both at work and at home. You shouldn’t ever have to choose between work and family.
Our Fantastic Commercial Team in Glasgow
With over 85 years of experience in the industry between them, our superb all-female Commercial Team based in Glasgow are living proof that flexible working can benefit employers just as much as employees.
Our team consists of a group of extremely experienced recruitment consultants in the agency world, some who started as young women and now have families.
We take pride in empowering the hardworking and dedicated women in our recruitment agency so that they can continuously develop and expand their careers through flexible working.
Let’s Take Action For Equality
For 2020, the three priorities of International Women’s Day are to celebrate the achievements of women, tackle gender bias head on, and take action for equality.
Going forward, we want to make sure that our female employees always know they’re equally valued members of our recruitment agency.
At Change Recruitment, we feel that everyday - but especially International Women’s Day - is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the professional achievements and hard work of the remarkable women in our team.
Happy International Women’s Day!
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