Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, and commemorate the movement for women’s rights across the globe. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, gender parity is over 200 years away. Despite this overwhelming figure, across the world women are making positive gains day by day. This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #PressforProgress. Everyone, women and men, old and young, can commit to this campaign and press for progress for gender parity. How? By adopting positive behaviours, and influence others to press for equality worldwide. Behaviours and attitudes such as:
1) Maintaining a gender parity mindset
2) Challenging stereotypes and bias
3) Forging positive visibility of women
4) Influencing others’ beliefs / actions
5) Celebrating women’s achievements
As an organisation that supports nurses and healthcare professionals in low and middle-income countries – the majority of these being women, Unity in Health fully embraces this campaign. Celebrating women role models and their journeys is central to our work, underpinning what we believe in, and what we fight for. Happy International Women’s Day!