WEO President's Letter

March 1, 2017: International Women's Day is March 8th

WEO supports women in the workplace through our meetings, education and networking, and this year, we will also support two local International Women's Day (IWD) events: the Inspiring Women Leaders conference on Saturday, March 4th, and the Women's Festival NW on Saturday, March 11th. 

Tickets to both events were made available to WEO members for half price, with WEO picking up the balance of the cost. Attending members are expected to wear their WEO badges at the events, and to share information about WEO as appropriate.

What is International Women's Day?

From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women's_Day:

"International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.[2] In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. An effective Women's Day was the 1975 Icelandic women's strike which paved the way for the first female president in the world, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir."

What is the 2017 theme for IWD?

From www.internationalwomensday.com:

"For International Women's Day 2017, we're asking you to #BeBoldForChange  Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender equal world."

What is the world doing for IWD?

From the UN: www.un.org/en/events/womensday:

"2017 Theme: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

Some key targets of the 2030 Agenda:

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

The world of work is changing, and with significant implications for women. On one hand, we have globalization, technological and digital revolution and the opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies and environmental impacts—all of which must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment."

Thank YOU for supporting women in business--we're here for you and because of you! And because, well, you know: #WEORocks!


Ronnie Noize

WEO President

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