International Women’s Day

Source: IWD, 2016

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others….

…The International Women’s Day website has been operating for over 15 years as a shared global digital hub dedicated to everything IWD, and has supported many gender-focused initiatives for companies around the world like EY, Accenture, HSBC, Cisco, Deloitte, Allianz, MetLife, Scotiabank, African Development Bank, BP, Avanade, EBRD, PwC, E.ON, Western Union and more….

International Women’s Day 2016 campaign resources
Across the world, useful resources from reputable sources inform and support the pursuit of gender parity. Below is a selection of impressive and meaningful resources to guide your own focus on working to achieve gender parity – and to help run your own #PledgeForParity campaign.
Further gender parity resources:
EY’s The time for gender parity is now survey documents the economic imperative of gender parity and outlines three accelerators to help achieve it

EY’s Women. Fast forward on is a digital hub with resources and guidance for women in the workforce, women in leadership, women entrepreneurs and women athletes

McKinsey & Company report Unlocking the full potential of women at work features 60 companies that show how women have fuelled the US economy and its largest corporations

McKinsey & Company study, in partnership with LeanIn Women in the workplace discusses the state of women in America

EY’s Women in the public sector report reveals women are woefully under-represented in the public sector but a significant part of the workforce

EY study: Global generations is a survey of workers in eight countries about what they want from their jobs