On Sunday 8th March the world celebrates International Women’s Day. The event offers an opportunity to reflect on progress, call for change and acknowledge the many brave women who have played an extraordinary role in driving equality.
The 2020 themes include ‘Each for Equal’ and ‘Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’. The latter is aligned with the United Nations’ Women’s multigenerational campaign, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls.
However, this is a day not only for celebration, but also commiseration.
Real change has been painfully slow for the majority of women and girls around the world and many legal and cultural obstacles remain unchanged. Women continue to be undervalued; miss out on education, work more , earn less and experience multiple forms of violence. In many countries being born a girl still means being presented with very limited opportunities in life.
Although the world has most definitely made unprecedented advances during the last half-century, no country has truly achieved gender equality.
The vast majority of countries are nowhere near reaching financial equality and the global gender pay gap sits at around 30%. In 2018 the World Economic Forum estimated that it will take more than 200 (!) years to close this gap. In the UK the pay gap is approximately 17% and British women effectively work for free for more than two months of the year compared to male peers.
Another equality issue is the underrepresentation of women in certain key skills areas, such as for example STEM. At Rainmaker we are committed Tech Talent Charter signatories and passionate advocates for inclusion and diversity in STEM. Women currently make up 24% of technology employees at companies signed up to the Tech Talent Charter’s diversity initiative, up from 19% the year before and far ahead of the nationwide figure of only 17%.
Our aspiration is that Rainmaker’s transparent, values-based culture and flexible, remote working model will attract a wide range of talented candidates with valuable, unique skills. We want our Rainmakers to be inspired, different and willing to challenge the status quo.
We firmly believe that teams that embrace diversity in its widest sense perform better and are able to deliver solutions for everyone’s needs. Significant cultural shifts, progressive thinking and investment in technology are absolutely critical, but organisations brave enough to promote inclusion and diversity will reap the rewards.
Because an equal world is an enabled world.
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