The history of International Women’s Day dates back to 1908, when some 15,000 women marched on New York City in the name of better working hours, fairer pay, and the right to vote. Three years later, the first official IWD was celebrated throughout Europe as more than a million women rallied for the right to work, hold office, vote, and end gender discrimination.
Man or woman, inspired by Forbes, here are five simple ways of supporting and empowering women:
1) Be a leader – If you are a woman in a high position why not mentor or guide other females who are also looking to be in your position in the future. Mentor them to give them the insight and tools to be the best they can be. This will see more women in higher positions within the workplace and help to bridge that gap.
2) Charity donations – There are a number of charities around the world that support women whether it is supporting female survivors of war or helping support a women’s refuge for those escaping domestic violence, there are various ways you can support women via charity. Seek out a charity that suits and see how you can contribute with your time, expertise or money. Without your support these charities aren’t able to reach as many women as they do today and our continued working together can help those who are in a position where they need our support.
3) Support female owned business – Only 1/4 of businesses in Greece are run by women. According to an ICAP study, of the total sample of Greek companies (27,267), only 24% have women managers. In addition, in our country only 11.3% of the positions on the boards are held by women, when the average participation in the European Union is 25.3%.
4) Support working mums – balancing work with parenting duties can often be a struggle and research highlights that 88% of women face difficulties when returning to work. There are a number of ways you can support working mums especially if you are an employer. One in five women leave employment altogether so you can retain your staff by making these changes to accommodate the changing work life balance of a working mum. Lets avoid mum shaming and let mums do what is best for them to commit to their career, life and family. This isn’t one size fits all.
5) Support women’s fertility choices – not every woman wants to have a child, it is important that we are thinking about this narrative and how the assumptions about a woman’s role in the world can cause discomfort or upset. There is also the reality for women who are struggling with fertility and some of the less than helpful comments that are sometimes said to women.