International Women’s Day 2019 – Women and Sustainable Development
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, workplace and beyond! Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Women and Sustainable Development
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.
Women are among those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In many countries, women often have no independent income or own land and are providers of water and food for their families. When the usual sources of these resources are disrupted, women are forced to travel and spend more time working for lower incomes. They are often faced with difficult choices to make around survival such as removing a child from school or skipping meals.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) leave nobody behind and recognise that women are disproportionately affected by the challenging issues of our times, but also that women have the necessary skills, ideas and leadership to work toward addressing these global challenges. Gender Equality is Goal 5 in this list but the goals do not exist completely independently of one another with no interconnections.
Cynnal Cymru #BalanceForBetter
Part of the International Women’s Day celebration 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 and has had many dedicated female members of staff (picture shows past and present) and trustees using their unique and valuable skill-sets to spread and strengthen sustainability messages and drive agendas for the benefit of future generations.
At Cynnal Cymru, we continue to be committed to gender-balance at both a strategic and operational level as is made visible by our gender balance throughout the organisation.
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.
Happy International Women’s Day from the Cynnal Cymru team!