8th of March marks International Women’s Day 🙌 We celebrate this day as a day of recognition of everything we’ve accomplished as women, and the strength and tenacity we’ve shown in order to get to where we are now 🦸‍♀️

However, this day is also to recognize just how far we have left to go – many women around the world continue to face systemic discrimination, inequality, and injustice  💔 Which is why it’s so important that we continue to fight hard every single day until everyone gets the justice they deserve 💪

Here’s a small recap of some interesting highlights from this past year, the progress left to be made, and some important reminders of an even more important day. 👇

👏3 accomplishments for gender justice this past year 

  1. The number of women at C-suite levels is at an all-time high 📈

The past year saw women’s representation in the C-suite at the highest it has ever been! According to the Women in the Workplace report, women now make up 28% of all C-suite roles – a 6% increase in the past 5 years. 

Despite this achievement, it’s important that we recognize how women of color are still hugely underrepresented, occupying just 6% of the C-suite level. In fact, the progress for women of color is lagging across all positions, from senior management all the way through to entry-level positions 😓

  1. Reproductive health and justice are improving worldwide 🌍

In the past year, the abortion rights movement, Green Wave, has made a real impact across all of South and Central America. Abortion is now decriminalized in Mexico, and Brazil is set to vote on decriminalization of abortion up to 12 weeks in the next few months.

Meanwhile, Africa’s groundbreaking women’s rights treaty turns 20, safeguarding women and girls from female genital mutilation, criminalizing child and forced marriages, and offering contraception and reproductive education. 44 African countries have now signed the treaty, with South Sudan being the latest.  

  1. Grassroot feminists are showing up for their communities 💪

Around the world, feminist crisis responders have provided immediate response and rebuilding efforts to a number of crises, from earthquakes in Turkey and Morocco, cyclones in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and the ongoing wars and conflicts in Ukraine, Israel, Palestine, and Sudan. 

Grassroots organizations are showing the importance of having feminist movements that are focussing on helping on a community level, at the root of the crisis, where minorities are impacted the most. For example, Morocco’s Fondation YTTO is not only providing housing solutions for female survivors of abuse after their recent earthquake devastation but is also offering educational programs on gender-based violence to keep young girls safe for the future. 

These are just a few of the achievements we’ve seen over the past year. In fact, we’ve seen some historic firsts for women across almost every field, including Dr. Claudia Goldin’s Nobel Prize for her incredible work on gender gap studies, which you can read more about in this blog post.

🤞3 crucial goals we’re yet to accomplish 

While the above are some amazing highlights that show encouraging changes, we’re very far from our end goal. Here are just a few of the vital areas that are especially important right now in making a huge difference in our world today. 

  1. Eradicating gender-based violence 🙅‍♀️ 

According to WHO, 1 in 3 women globally experience physical or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime. With younger women at more risk, even in countries like the UK, it is becoming a national threat

It’s clear that public organizations must allocate more budget not just to provide support and medical attention to survivors, but actually to develop preventative solutions. These can be comprehensive education programs or evidence-based prevention strategies at local, national, and global levels.

But we can also make a difference on an individual level. Check out the UN Women’s guide to the 10 ways we can help survivors of gender-based violence.

  1. Closing the wage gap 💸

Today, women are still earning 20% less than their male co-workers on average. For women of color, migrant women, and mothers, this gap is even larger. Why? Because we’re still battling against the ingrained inequality that established limited gender roles, which have had a knock-on effect on our opportunities and pay. 

It’s not just about equal pay but also increasing women’s representation in the workforce. It’s up to the public and private sectors to rectify the gender gap through solutions like workforce quotas, while also addressing the underpaid and undervalued jobs in education, healthcare, and social services that women predominantly occupy.

  1. Ensuring equal opportunities in education and healthcare ❤️

It’s crucial that we have the education and healthcare systems in place for women across the world to access freely, especially in areas of conflict where women are in the most vulnerable positions. The UN has shared insights into the awful experiences of women in both Gaza and Ukraine, who require more humanitarian assistance due to higher unemployment, displacement, and sexual violence. 

On an individual level, the best way we can support fellow women is through donating to trusted organizations. Here are a few to check out: 

👉UNICEF Gaza Emergency Appeal  

👉Women for Women Donation for Palestinian Women

👉UNICEF Ukraine appeal

💗Important reminder for International Women’s Day

Genuine feminism embraces inclusivity, ensuring that all perspectives and women, including trans women, are valued in our pursuit of true gender equality. Intersectionality plays a vital role in making sure all women’s experiences are heard and valued. It is by standing together and supporting one another that we can truly make a difference! 🥰

With that in mind, let’s respect all the many ways we may spend International Women’s Day, whether in celebration of achievement, mourning of injustices, or simply recognizing all that has happened. The important part is that we’re all in it together 🤝