Wednesday the 8th March is International Women’s Day

It’s the time of year that we like to celebrate all the strong women in our lives. But it’s also a time that is important to address the inequality that still exists in our society between genders.

Yes, we’ve come a long way in recent years. The tide is turning.

But while more than 50 years have passed since the first Equal Pay Act came into force, there is still a lot of work to be done. In fact, in April 2022 the gender pay gap was 8.3% compared to 7.7% in 2021.

In the UK the top 10% of male earners take home 16.1% more than the top 10% of female earners.

During lockdown, women spent 78% more time on childcare than men.

It’s clear there is still some work to do.

One of the things we can do to promote better gender equality is to make sure our own businesses are inclusive and don’t discriminate. Perhaps that means this International Women’s Day, your business will celebrate the day by spreading awareness to your employees.

There are lots of things your business can do to show its appreciation to women and keep gender equality at the forefront.

You may wish to invite a motivational speaker to your business, to hold workshops that help everyone to understand the importance of equality both at work and outside of it, or you may even like to invite female employees to share with everyone the times that they’ve felt gender inequality, to really drive home the impact it can have on someone.

However you celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s important to mark the day, to demonstrate your company’s stance on gender equality, and to champion the exceptional women in your lives.

If it’s something you’re considering for your business, and may need some advice on ideas to celebrate, please contact us or give us a call on 01386 751740.

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