Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, is celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 by adding her voice to those of women across the globe to call people to be Bold For Change.
Rebecca Evans said: “This year’s request for International Women’s Day is that women and men around the world help to forge a more inclusive world where there is gender parity in all places, through being Bold for Change, to eliminate gender inequality. This can begin by standing up for gender parity in our own communities and ensuring both men and women are given the same opportunities and rewards for their work.
“In Wales, Welsh Labour has led the way with an excellent record of female Assembly Member and Ministers in the Welsh Government, but there are many areas of Welsh life where inequality still persists.”
Last year ,International Women’s Day saw organisations and individuals in all corners of the world support the Pledge for Parity campaign, committing to aid women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. It was regarded as a success with many committing to the pledge to see gender parity.
However, from a global point of view, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186.
Mrs Evans added: “Such a time scale is unacceptable. The time to act is now. We must join our voices together with men and women who work for gender parity in all societies across the world and be bold for change, to ensure that gender inequality is something that is consigned to the realms of history.”