As we celebrate International Women’s Day across the globe on the 8th of March, we are recognizing women who are transforming world through their exemplary leadership. The proportion of leadership roles being chaired by women have increased three times since 2010 with more and more women in the top leadership roles as CEO's, COO's, CXO's and senior board constitutions.
While we have have crossed many milestones which calls for celebration, we need to identify where exactly are we situated in gender equality. While we have experienced great achievements of individual women leaders, politicians, economists, social scientists, researchers, academicians, thought leaders, mentors and global experts. But we are still a long way, in our shared commitments for achieving stronger gender parity, gender equality and reducing the gender leadership gap.
We are more than 100 years past from the first International Women's Day on the 8th of March, 1911, when women activists and suffragists from across Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark & Austria started the movement and suffragists from Australia, New Zealand and the Americas joined in with great fervor.
By the pace we are moving at, we are still far from achieving our desired goals for equal parity and further stiffening the global gender gap across major sectors and geographies.We have three very striking facts which highlight how far we have actually reached in our quest for gender equality and relative to research charts between both the genders, whereby, across three major areas the gender gap is as follows;
There are two very significant questions we as a society need to ask ourselves now:
We believe that women inclusiveness in our workforce has the potential to increase by 30% by the end of 2019, if we all and especially leaders across the world persistently take critical steps to meet this goal. With our Women Transform Agenda for 2019 - we are advocating, investing and promoting women leaders worldwide who are leading by example, in defining and asserting their leadership roles across sectors, institutions, political parties, economic structures, defense services, journalism, financial institutions and mainstream governance bodies across governments and states.
We need to collectively understand that a world which is unable to wholly utilize the huge power & potential of women is going to remain unjust and unbalanced. There is going to be lack of equality in access to global wealth and resources, which is always going to make societies poorer and devoid of true economic development.
The 8th March Assertion
This date reminds us that women are strong and belong in our world just as much as men do. It also drives global policy, advocacy and critical discussion around initiatives to promote greater inclusion and accelerate gender equality.
International Women's Day is a very important day and 2019, a significant year, for women worldwide. It holds great value than the last 100 years celebrated collectively. Women have come a long way and have had major economic, political and social achievements across sector and regions all over the world.
The Ranaa Foundation is working on the development of Women Entrepreneurship in Rural towns and off-grid communities in India and Latin America. We provide local communities in India increased access of products and technologies like mobile and internet connectivity, carbon-free cook-stoves, solar lanterns and clean water panels.
We are honing local women talent and entrepreneurs to develop, market and expand each service/product in their communities, where profits of running the business are retained by them.
This not only benefits the women entrepreneurs but also their families in securing financial stability.
Research shows that women are better stewards of capital – investing 90% of their income back into their families and communities – which translates into greater access to nutritious food, education, healthcare and increased economic activity.