D&I February 2016

Is gender on your agenda?

Across the world, women contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. Although there are many success stories and reasons to celebrate, it is more critical then ever to ensure that gender is on the agenda.

In 2014, the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimated that it would take until 2095 to achieve gender parity in workplaces globally. However, its report, Global Gender Gap Report 2015, shows a slowdown in progress towards achieving this goal.

WEF has therefore reforecast that the gender gap will not close until 2133. Moreover, according to WEF, Japan is the second-lowest scoring among OECD member countries for its performance on equality for working women.

According to EY’s study, Women. Fast Forward, it will take 117 years before gender equality is reached. Research by Goldman Sachs shows that Japan’s GDP could be boosted by 13% if the gender gap in the workplace is closed.

Meanwhile, the Global Gender Gap Report 2014 states that companies with as few as one female director outperform those with none, and countries that elect a woman as leader have more success in conflict resolution and economic growth.

International Women’s Day, on 8 March, celebrates what women have achieved. This year, reflecting the theme, “Pledge For Parity”, participants worldwide are asked to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly. That move may be to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; call for gender-balanced leadership; respect and value difference; develop more inclusive and flexible cultures; or root out workplace bias.

What’s more, the pledge is not limited to actions in the workplace. For example, we can inspire our children, ensuring that both parents share responsibilities, while supporting each other to achieve ambitions.

On 8 March, in Tokyo, there will be a celebration of International Women’s Day, which will inspire attendees to make their own Pledge For Parity. Hear the incredible success stories of four thought-provoking ladies and enjoy networking, as well as a raffle to support a local charity.

More information: emilyleroux@michaelpage.co.jp