Juggle Jobs founder Romanie Thomas responds to Jessica Butcher’s comments about women’s rights in the context of her recent appointment to the EHRC
Ensuring a truly equal future for women has risen up the agenda of global challenges. Women have been succeeding in spotlighting the issues and arguing for their rights. However, at the same time, indicators suggest the actual gap is growing globally.
Ahead of International Women’s Day, BrewDog announced the release of the satirically dubbed “beer for girls,” Pink IPA, via Twitter. It was meant to be a “clarion call to close the gender pay gap and to expose sexist marketing.”
International Women’s Day marks, as the campaign’s website explains, “a call to action for accelerating gender parity”. It always takes place on 8 March, each time focussing attention on a different area – and this year’s theme is progress.
The reality is that everyone has a gender, a race, a sexuality and this year has raised profound questions for all of us as we think about our identity in the workplace.
After female staff urged the BBC to “rectify injustices,” the company announced a review into the extent of its pay gap. However, if in breach of the law, it could face multiple claims.
The pay gap, be it for gender, ethnic minority or disability, has been of much debate following the BBC’s publication of highest earning broadcasters. Our August 2017 economic statistics unveils what bridging them could potentially mean for British business.
Eliminating the gender gap is a destination where progress arrives at varying speeds. The House of Commons, for example, now has 191 female MPs compared to 58 some 30 years ago. But bleak statistics come to the fore regarding the startup scene and amount of UK female founders.
Gender pay gap reporting is only one part of the puzzle, and more needs to be done to address wider issues such as gender discrimination in order to strengthen teams in the workplace.
In the wake of International Women’s Day, which takes place annually on 8 March and calls for people globally to come together and promote a more inclusive world of gender equality, it seems timely to take a step back and remember that gender diversity in the workplace is far more than just a box-ticking exercise.
While raising money is hard work, it’s been suggested by many that female entrepreneurs still have a bumpier road to travel when it comes to seeing their funding efforts realised – a concept The Crowdfunding Centre hopes to change.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Tinder has backed the Be Bold For Change message with an art installation on London’s Southbank, which model Lily Cole kicked off.