#Pledge for Parity - International Women's Day
Tuesday 8th March is International Women’s day and we are being encouraged to celebrate by making a pledge for parity (http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Pledge)
My pledge for parity is to create inclusive and flexible cultures; an ethos that is ingrained in my values and is a driving force in my vision for my recruitment business, Flexible Minds.
Part-time or flexible work is not viewed in the same way as full time work. Part-time jobs are heavily concentrated in lower level positions and women are frequently required to occupationally downgrade if they wish to work on a part-time basis. Four out of five part-time workers are in jobs that do not use their full potential; reporting that the part-time job they are currently in is at least a step down, or at the same level, as the last full-time job they held. Research shows that part time workers have fewer opportunities for advancement, a lack of health and pension benefits and part time employees receive lower wages. As 75% of the part time workforce is female the injustice faced by part time workers is heightened by gender inequality in the workplace.
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money has said:
"…in spite of the progress that has been made over the years, there are still barriers holding women back, especially within the workplace. Issues such as the lack of job security, flexible working or equal opportunities for promotion are hindering career development for women. Women must be as equally valued as men at every level of a business, from the shop and factory floor to the boardroom. A workforce where men and women enjoy equality of rights, pay and opportunity is not just a good thing in its own right; it is good for business, good for the economy and good for society.”
International Women’s day encourages us all to be a leader within our own spheres of influence, whether that’s at home, at work or in our leisure pursuits, and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
What can you do to make a change?
Sarah Moore, Founder of Flexible Minds
For more information on International Women’s Day: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/