In 2018, The Respect Campaign will co-partner with the Lokahi Foundation to deliver the women’s empowerment program Shine, as an International Women’s Day initiative. The program will be facilitated in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
The International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme is:
With the recent Hollywood film industry scandal and World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.
And while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.
The Respect Campaign believes workplaces must take a leadership role in this area, way beyond gender pay. Respect for women must become embedded in every workplace, in every city and country and technology is a powerful tool for ensuring all women are safe.
This year the Respect Campaign hosted the 1st Cyber Health and Safety Summit – highlighting some of the dangers of technology used to abuse women. Next year in 2018, we will press for technology to be used to empower women and a civil code of conduct developed to eliminate the vile abuse that some women are subjected to, particularly women in the media.
So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.
Collectively we can all play a part
Collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women’s Day belongs to all communities everywhere – governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation – everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.
So make International Women’s Day YOUR day in your workplace and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.
Press for Progress!