Political will and gender equality

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Trudeau will receive the 2018 Catalyst for Change Award and deliver remarks at the equal voice International Women's Day luncheon.

Linda Aiello, senior vice president of worldwide employee success at Salesforce, suggests: "I believe we can all step up and play our part in helping increase the number of women in the tech industry through simple actions, like attending our former school's career days, or talking to the young women in our lives about what a career in tech can offer".

The first IWD was first held on February 28, 1909, in NY, but March 8, was suggested by the 1910 International Women's Conference (IWC) to become the International Women's Day.

Yesterday marked International Women's Day, with women and men across the world taking the day to support each other and call for gender equality.

City of White Rock council issued a statement Thursday to "celebrate the courage exhibited by women in our history and in recent times, through movements like #metoo". Progress can not be made without action, and we can not declare victory until we have collectively secured equality for women in every single corner of the world.

Women in Manila, Philippines used International Women's Day to "denounced President Rodrigo Duterte as among the worst violators of women's rights in Asia", according to the NYT, where hundreds protested in Plaza Miranda handing out roses to the mothers, sisters and widows of those suspected of drug offenses who were killed under Duterte's new drug crackdown.

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But as women, men and non-binary people around the world prepare to celebrate the political, socio-economic and cultural achievements of women, I want to add a different chord to the message that we #PressforProgress.

Instead, we - as a society - have put such enormous pressures on young women to look and act in a certain way, achieve ideal grades, land powerful and well-paid jobs, become flawless mothers, and "do it all", that they are buckling under the weight of our expectations. She became a Twitter trending topic today because The New York Times published a new project that includes obituaries of overlooked women.

The investment will go towards the development of a cross-country think tank of business leaders who will share best practices in achieving gender parity within their workplaces. "Women's empowerment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". But to address these deep rooted inequalities, we need action, not just audits.

Supermodel, Lisa Morgan said it was critical for women in showbiz to value themselves rather than allow outsiders - like modelling agencies - "to make money off us".

What are substantive, tangible, actionable steps that can get us to true gender equality at work?



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