Be Bold For Change

March 8, 2017 | 0 Comment

I borrowed this month’s title from the theme of International Women’s Day 2017. I love the call to action, the theme is imploring each of us to do something to make the world a better place for girls and women across the world.

Why is this important and why should we care? I recently read an article in which The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap is not likely to close until 2186. That means that gender inequality will continue for the next 170 years unless something drastic changes. These facts stir up many emotions for me such as: surprise, anger, sadness and determination. It is unbelievable that in 2017 we are still at this place, a place where many women before me have tried so hard to correct this, and yet it still seems that we are so far away from achieving this goal. According to a 2016 report from Statistics Canada, on average women earn 73.5 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The number is even lower for Indigenous women and women of color. Some of you may know that I was born in Uganda, East Africa. Having recently visited Uganda this past summer, I was reminded that those most affected by the gender gap are women and girls living in the third world.

I think there are changes that can help this movement along the way. I am determined to do my part even though I may not necessarily know what that looks like yet. Here are a few of the things that have been suggested in working towards equality:

  • Speak out about gender inequality
  • Encourage women to negotiate for better wages if they feel they are not being equally compensated
  • Government should make it mandatory to report pay data
  • Make childcare more accessible or allow parents to work from home
  • Raise the minimum wage

Although these may seem like common sense solutions, it is understandable that they may be difficult to implement. Change is never an easy thing but there are times when it is necessary, I believe this is one of those times.

Lets all Be Bold For Change and do our part in reducing and ultimately eliminating the gender gap.

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