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International Women’s Day 2024

International Women's Day 2024, celebrated annually on March 8th, holds profound significance as a global occasion dedicated to honouring the achievements and advocating for the rights of women. Originating from early movements for women's labour rights and suffrage, the day has evolved into a powerful platform for raising awareness about gender inequality and the ongoing struggle for women's rights. It serves as a reminder of the progress made and the challenges that persist.


International Women's Day is a call to action, urging individuals and communities worldwide to actively contribute to the promotion of gender equality, the eradication of discrimination, and the empowerment of women in all spheres of life. By acknowledging the diverse contributions of women and addressing the systemic barriers they face, this day emphasises the importance of unity, solidarity, and collective efforts in building a more equitable and inclusive world for everyone.


International Women’s Day in the Workplace


Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024 is not just a one-day affair; it's a commitment to building a workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, feels respected, supported, and inspired to reach their full potential.


Here are some things you can do to participate in IWD2024 in the workplace:


  • Panel Discussions and Workshops


Host panel discussions or workshops featuring accomplished women from various fields. Cover topics such as leadership, overcoming challenges, and the importance of diversity in the workplace. Encourage open dialogue and Q&A sessions.


  • Recognition and Awards


Recognise outstanding women in the workplace with awards or acknowledgements. Highlight their achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the organisation. This can inspire others and fosters a culture of appreciation.


  • Educational Sessions


Organise educational sessions on gender equality, unconscious bias, and inclusivity. Invite experts to use internal resources to facilitate these sessions, helping employees gain a deeper understanding of the challenges women face and how to be allies in the workplace.


  • Networking Events


Arrange networking events that provide opportunities for women to connect, share experiences, and build a supportive professional network. Encourage cross-departmental interactions to enhance collaboration and mentorship.


  • Lunch and Learn


Host lunch-and-learn sessions focusing on women’s contributions to various industries. Use this time to showcase female leaders within the organisation or invite external speakers to share insights on women’s empowerment.


Remember to tailor these activities to the unique culture and preferences of your workplace fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can participate and contribute to the celebration of International Women’s Day 2024.


Challenges for Women in the Workplace


Women in the workplace continue to navigate numerous challenges that hinder their professional growth and overall career satisfaction.


One prominent challenge is the pervasive gender pay gap, where women often earn less than their male counterparts for performing similar roles. In 2022/23, 79% of reporting employers stated that median hourly pay was higher for men than for women in their organisation. This inequality not only affects individual financial security but perpetuates systemic gender disparities. Organisations must address this issue head-on by implementing transparent salary structures and promoting equal pay for equal work, fostering an environment where all employees are compensated fairly based on their skills and contributions, irrespective of gender.


Another significant challenge is the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions. Despite advancements in gender equality, women still encounter barriers that impede their ascent to executive roles. Globally, we estimate that less than a third of leadership positions are held by women. Stereotypes and biases, often rooted in traditional gender norms, can hinder the recognition of women's leadership capabilities. Organisations can combat this by actively promoting mentorship and sponsorship programs, offering leadership training tailored to women, and implementing inclusive hiring and promotion practices that prioritise skills and merit over gender.


Workplace harassment and discrimination represent additional hurdles that disproportionately affect women. According to a TUC poll, three in five (58%) women – and almost two-thirds (62%) of women aged between 25 and 34 – say they have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or verbal abuse at work. From subtle biases to overt acts of sexism, women may face a hostile work environment that impedes their professional success. Companies must prioritise creating a safe and inclusive workplace culture by implementing stringent anti-harassment policies, fostering open communication channels, and conducting regular diversity and inclusion training sessions.


By addressing these challenges head-on, organisations can contribute to dismantling systemic barriers and fostering an environment where women can thrive in their careers.


What Can Leaders Implement to Support Women At Work?


Leaders should actively implement strategies to support women at work because fostering gender diversity and inclusion not only aligns with ethical principles but also contributes significantly to organisational success.


  • Gender-Inclusive Policies:


Leaders can implement and advocate for gender-inclusive policies that support work-life balance, such as flexible working hours, remote work options, and family-friendly leave policies. These measures help create an environment where women can fulfil professional responsibilities without compromising personal or familial commitments.


  • Equal Pay Initiatives:


Leaders should actively work towards closing the gender pay gap within their organisations. Conducting regular pay equity audits, transparently communicating salary structures, and addressing any disparities send a strong message of commitment to fair compensation, promoting a workplace where all employees, regardless of gender, are valued equally.


  • Mentorship and Sponsorship Programs:


Establishing mentorship and sponsorship programs can provide crucial support for women seeking career advancement. Leaders can encourage the formation of mentorship relationships, connecting experienced professionals with women at various career stages. Additionally, sponsoring women for high-visibility projects and leadership roles helps break down barriers and fosters professional growth.


  • Celebrating Achievements:


Leaders should actively celebrate the achievements of women within the organisation. Publicly acknowledging and recognising accomplishments not only boosts morale but also sets a positive example for others, reinforcing the value of diversity and showcasing the potential for success for women at all levels.


Incorporating these strategies not only empowers women in the workplace but also propels organisations toward a future where diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to sustained success.


How Can Wellity Support You?


Here at Wellity we offer a range of sessions around this significant day:


Empowering Women in the Workplace


  • Raise awareness about gender inequality and it’s impact on women in the workplace.

  • Equip women with the necessary skills and confidence to overcome barriers and assert themselves professionally.

  • Foster a supportive network and mentorship opportunities to encourage the growth of female employees.

  • Promote a workplace culture that values and celebrates the contributions of women.


Female Talent: Turning Attrition into Attraction


  • Identify the factors contributing to the attrition of female talent in the workplace.

  • Develop strategies and initiatives to attract and retain female employees.

  • Promote gender equality and diversity in leadership and decision-making positions.

  • Implement effective mentoring and career development programs that address the needs and aspirations of female employees.


Waking Up to Women’s Health: The Story of ‘Sara’


  • Understand the gender-specific health issues and challenges faced by women.

  • Raise awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention in women’s health.

  • Encourage proactive adjustments in the workplace to support women.

  • Advocate for increased awareness of the challenges faced by women.


To book a meeting with our team. contact us at hello@wellityglobal.com.

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