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March 8, 2016 Ere Perez

International Women’s Day: #Pledge for Parity

International Women’s Day: #Pledge for Parity

March 8th across the world is International Women’s Day. A day when we celebrate what women have achieved to date and focus on what still needs to be done to ensure that the role of women in societies all over the world is fair, just and equal. This year’s theme for IWD is Pledge for Parity.

 

Pledge for Parity is a conscious movement that focuses on the areas where women are still struggling to have equal status to men. While we should celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, let's also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.

 

While most of us live in pretty informed, educated and forward-thinking societies, where women are achieving great things and are told that they can do anything they want to in life, there are many parts of the world where this is still a distant dream.

 

Gender Parity means getting the same treatment, having equal opportunities in education, law and health; having job opportunities with equal pay, regardless of gender and being treated the same under the law as men.

 

Like many women my age I was brought up with the traditional view of the father being the main bread winner, but as I grew I learnt the term ‘feminism’ and developed my own views of what this is and what it meant to me.

 

Being a woman is a constant state of flux, particularly if we work as well as have a family.  It means we have to be operate more efficiently in order to juggle all that life throws at us and everything that our life consists of (work, family, relationships, children, community). We all find ways to make it work. The kids’ mess may not be tidied; we may not have managed to put on our makeup! But that’s ok.

 

When our daughters are grown, gender parity should no longer be an issue.  Our girls should know that everyone has a place on earth, everyone is equal, everyone has a role to play. We should respect each other individually, man or woman; help each other; show kindness, not judgement. I hope I teach my girls to support other women; encourage them to keep going, to keep being great. Our job as women now is to make waves, to speak out, to make changes for our daughters’ future.  And if the laundry isn’t folded, that’s ok. We are women. Our heart beats just as strong as any man’s. It’s time the world acknowledged that both women and men have shaped the world in equal measure.

 

Here are some thoughts on gender parity from some of our inspirational women and friends.

 

“Gender equality is not a woman's issue, it's a human issue as it affects us all. I would be much happier with equal amounts of emphasis of men and women in gender diverse roles. I love reading about men who have chosen to be the "stay at home dad" or "house husband", as much as I love reading about fiercely independent, intelligent and hardworking women who have worked their way up the corporate ladder… We need to start defining ourselves by what we are, rather than what we are not”.  Kate Johnson, model, graphic designer, former beauty queen. Cruelty Free  http://www.katejohnson.com.au

 

“In 2013 only 19% of businesses in Australia were founded by women. We need to foster an inclusive culture for women in the workplace. Diversity in companies produces better outcomes and more successful businesses. Inspiring women inspire others. Let's celebrate the success of those top women in business, to make it a clear and viable career choice for young women starting out in their careers”.  Taryn Williams, entrepreneur founder of WINK Models.

 

"Achieving gender parity means being paid the same as the bloke sitting next to me; companies creating toys for girls that are just as challenging as the boys'; and every female living free from gender-based violence. But it also means allowing men and boys into our sacred spaces: traditional 'women's work'; child caring and rearing; and flexible career options".  Tracey Spicer, journalist, broadcaster. http://spicercommunications.biz

 

“For me, gender parity at work and home means men and women valuing equally the contribution each other makes.  It’s about recognising and maximising the unique strengths that each brings.  Jen Dalitz, Executive Coach & Facilitator, Writer. www.jendalitz.com 

 

"I’ve seen countless accomplished career women leave the traditional workforce, simply because their hours were unsustainable with a family…and while some cherish their new full time positions as mum and some go on to launch their own businesses, I've seen just as many feel a deep sense of loss and disconnection.

 

Truth is, there's a brain drain silently sucking the work force dry of many of its most capable individuals - mothers. Until more flexible work schedules exist for women in senior positions, the dream of "having it all" will remain a dream. True equality isn't about treating everyone the same, it's about understanding the differences and creating systems to support those differences." Kathryn Eisman, Emmy nominated TV journalist, bestselling author  http://www.kathryneisman.com

 

"I have to say 'gender parity' doesn’t feel like such a big gap in my life. My hubby cooks and looks after the baby and I work longer hours and look after the financials. Gender Parity to me is really about applying the best emotional and physical assets of a person to the right role - the role could be professional or personal - regardless of gender". Kyla Kirkpatrick, The Champagne Dame - director, ambassador and presenter.

 

This March 8, make sure you #pledgeforparity.

 

********** Versión en español

 

Día Internacional de la Mujer: #Comprométete con la Equidad

El 8 de marzo es el Día Internacional de la Mujer. Un día en que se celebra  lo que la mujer ha logrado hasta la fecha y nos centramos en lo que aún queda por hacer para asegurar que el papel de la mujer en las sociedades de todo el mundo sea justo y equitativo.

 

El tema de este año para el DIM (Día Internacional de la Mujer) es la promesa de equidad, un movimiento consciente que se centra en las áreas donde las mujeres todavía están luchando para tener un estatus igual al hombre. Si bien debemos celebrar el logro social, económico, cultural y político de las mujeres, también vamos a ser conscientes de los avances que han perdido en muchos lugares de todo el mundo, por lo que es necesaria una acción urgente de acelerar la equidad de género.

 

Mientras que la mayoría de nosotros vivimos en una sociedad informada, educada y con visión a futuro, donde las mujeres están logrando grandes cosas y se les dice que pueden hacer lo que quieran en la vida, hay muchas partes del mundo donde esto sigue siendo un sueño lejano.

 

Equidad de género significa conseguir el mismo trato, teniendo igualdad de oportunidades en la educación, las leyes y la salud; tener oportunidades de empleo con salario por igual, independientemente del género; y ser tratados por igual bajo la misma ley que los hombres.

 

Al igual que muchas mujeres de mi edad, crecí con la visión tradicional de que el padre es el que trae el pan al hogar, pero a medida que crecía aprendí el término "feminismo" y desarrollé mis propios puntos de vista de lo que es y significa para mí.

 

Ser mujer es un constante estado de cambio, sobre todo si tenemos trabajo o familia. Significa que tenemos que operar de manera más eficiente con el fin de hacer malabares con todo lo que la vida nos lanza y todo lo que en nuestra vida consiste (trabajo, familia, relaciones interpersonales, niños, comunidad). Todos encontramos maneras de hacer que funcione. ¡El desorden de los niños puede que no lo hayamos arreglado, pero está bien!

 

Cuando nuestras hijas crezcan, la equidad de género ya no debería ser un problema. Nuestras hijas deben saber que cada uno tiene un lugar en la tierra, que todos son iguales, que todos tienen un papel que desempeñar. Debemos respetarnos unos a otros de forma individual, hombre o mujer; ayudarnos unos a otros; mostrar bondad, no juzgar.

 

Estoy enseñando a mis hijas a apoyar a otras niñas/mujeres; animarlas a seguir adelante, y a crecer. Nuestro trabajo como mujeres ahora, es hacer olas y hablar para hacer cambios para el futuro de nuestras hijos.

 

Somos mujeres. Nuestro corazón late tan fuerte como el de cualquier hombre. Es tiempo de que el mundo reconozca que tanto las mujeres como los hombres han aportado al mundo en la misma medida.

 

Aquí están algunas ideas sobre la equidad de género de algunas grandes mujeres y amigas:

 

"La igualdad de género no es un asunto de mujeres, es un asunto humano, ya que nos afecta a todos. Estaría mucho más contenta si se le diera el mismo énfasis de hombres y mujeres en diversos roles de género. Me encanta leer acerca de los hombres que han elegido ser el "papá casero" o "amo de casa", por mucho que me encanta leer acerca de las mujeres ferozmente independientes, inteligentes y trabajadoras que han llevado su camino hasta la escalera corporativa ... Necesitamos empezar a definirnos a nosotros mismos por lo que somos, en lugar de por lo que no somos".   Kate Johnson, modelo, diseñadora gráfica, ex reina de belleza. http://www.katejohnson.com.au  

 

"En el año 2013 sólo el 19 % de las empresas en Australia fueron fundadas por mujeres. Necesitamos fomentar una cultura inclusiva para las mujeres en el lugar de trabajo. La diversidad en las empresas produce mejores resultados y empresas más exitosas. Las mujeres inspiradoras inspiran a otros. Vamos a celebrar el éxito de esas mujeres superiores en los negocios, para que sea una opción de carrera clara y viable para las mujeres jóvenes que empiezan en sus carreras". Taryn Williams , fundadora de modelos Wink.

 

“Lograr equidad de género significa ser pagado igual que el chico a mi lado, significa compañías que hagan juguetes para niñas que sean tan audaces y desafiantes como los que producen para los niños, significa que la mujer viva libre de violencia de género. Pero también significa permitir a los hombres y niños entrar en nuestros espacios sagrados: el trabajo tradicional de la mujer: el cuidado de los niños y la crianza y opciones de carreras flexibles.  Tracey Spicer, periodista, locutora. http://spicercommunications.biz

 

“Para mí, la equidad de género en el trabajo y en casa significa que los hombres y mujeres valoren de igual manera la contribución que cada uno hace. Se trata de reconocer y maximizar las fortalezas únicas que cada uno aporta”. Jen Dalitz, coach ejecutivo, facilitadora, escritora. www.jendalitz.com  

 

“He visto un sin número de mujeres realizadas con carrera dejar sus trabajos simplemente porque sus horas de trabajo eran ya insostenibles con la familia y mientras muchas disfrutan su nuevo puesto de mamá de tiempo completo e incluso muchas van a lanzar sus propios negocios también he visto muchas que sienten un profundo sentimiento de pérdida y desconexión.

 

La verdad es que hay una fuga de cerebros de los individuos más capaces: las madres.  Hasta que existan horarios de trabajo más flexibles para las mujeres en puestos directivos, el sueño de tenerlo todo seguirá siendo sólo un sueño. La verdadera igualdad no se trata de tratar a todos por igual, se trata de entender las diferencias y la creación de sistemas de apoyo a esas diferencias". Kathryn Eisman, periodista y autora de best sellers  http://www.kathryneisman.com

 

“Tengo que decir que no siento la equidad de género como un problema en mi vida. Mi marido cocina y cuida al bebé y yo trabajo más horas y cuido los estados financieros. Igualdad de género para mí es realmente la aplicación de la mejores cualidades físicas y emocionales de una persona para el papel correcto - el papel podría ser profesional o personal - independientemente de su género.  Kyla Kirkpatrick, The Champagne Dame - directora, embajadora y presentadora”

 

Este 8 de marzo asegúrate de  #comprometerteconlaequidad

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