There will be a day when we can say there is absolute gender equality and the topic is so old hat and boring that we simply don’t need to have it any more. However that day isn’t coming anytime soon which is terribly sad.
International Womens Day was founded more than a hundred years ago and is celebrated on March 8th and it’s goal was as clear and precise as it is now. Today getting to these entirely reasonable goals is a story in three parts, as in those that have got there, those still on the journey and those who haven’t even begun.
As part of IWD2017 we are asking everyone to take part in #BEBOLDFORCHANGE In honour of IWD, we’re shout YES to the invitation to everyone to empower women by sharing the best, bold advice they’ve ever given or received about fearlessly pursuing a dream. It might be a piece of sage advice from your mum, your favourite inspirational quote, or something you say to your kids. Use hashtags #TheRaceIsOn #BeBoldForChange to inspire others and show you believe every girl deserves her place on the starting line.
Okay the background stuff that matters:
A recent survey and research carried by Research Now of 5000 women over five countries, the US, UK, China, India and Brazil) all came to the same conclusion, key to moving forward is ‘unlocking education for girls’ with that gender equality becomes much more likely although the group in the study were ‘not very optimistic that gender equality can be achieved in the next five years, and more than 30 percent believe gender equality is impossible’.
Key findings in the research
- 69% of women say girls need to be encouraged to speak up more to advocate for themselves, while 66% believe boys must be taught to listen, understand and respect more;
- More than 67% say society expects women to take on responsibilities that it does not expect men to take on;
- 78% feel that men and boys still believe they are superior to women;
- 45% identify social and cultural factors where girls are viewed as inferior to boys and not worth educating as a barrier to girls accessing a quality education;
- 62% say it is important to have educational programs that “teach girls diverse skills to be effective leaders and take risks”;
- 60% also feel that it is important to have school social programs that grow girls confidence/self-worth;
- Half of women want more lessons and textbooks to teach about the lives and accomplishments of women.
- 84% of women agree that if we break down the barriers to quality education for all girls, we can unlock their potential and develop women that will change the world – immaterial of where they are based across the globe.