International Women’s Day 2019 – Women for Sustainability
International Women’s Day 2019 is taking place on Friday March 8th. The theme this year is #BalanceforBetter – a call-to-action for driving gender balance.
Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage.
Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Cynnal Cymru and #BalanceforBetter
Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
At Cynnal Cymru, we work in a team of five, four of which are women and have recently sought out gender-balance within our board of trustees so that this balance is visible at a strategic as well as operational level.
We continue to work toward gender equality in the workplace and beyond as part of our personal and professional commitments to sustainability. Gender equality is not just the concern of women it is an issue for us all and a human right, because no society can develop – economically, politically, or socially when parts of the population are marginalised.
Women are among those most vulnerable to the impacts of unsustainable practices and climate change, because they often have no independent income or land rights in many countries and are responsible for the provision of water and food for their families. And when the usual sources of these resources are disrupted, women are forced to travel farther and spend more time working for less return. Scarcity requires them to make difficult choices like pulling children out of school or deciding which family member can afford to skip a meal.
Women for Sustainability
Part of the International Women’s Day celebrations is celebrating the achievements of women and as Cynnal Cymru have been working on the Sustainable Development agenda in Wales for the best part of twenty years in its various forms, we would like to focus on achievements by women in this work.