We must celebrate the many advances that have been made in women’s lives over the years, but inequality still persists.
Despite the Equal Pay Act, established in the U.K. 45 years ago, women still earn less than men and in Europe, the situation is similar.
The report “The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth”, by the McKinsey Global Institute (2016), indicates that bridging the gender gap within various occupations and sectors of the economy, could increase GDP by billions of pounds over the next decade and add 840,000 female employees to the workforce.
This report also shows that, at current rates, the United Kingdom will not achieve parity within the next three decades and that worldwide, enhancing women’s economic potential has gone hand in hand with achieving greater gender equality in society.
Accordingly to the report “Women’s Voices, Women and Work, Scotland 2016”, by the Women and Work Partnership Project (funded by the Scottish Government and based at the STUC), it is mentioned an “overarching problem in mainstream discussion around female labour and employment across all economic sectors, such as powerlessness, occupational segregation, conscious and unconscious bias, gender inequality of work opportunities and invisibility of women”.
This report also mentions the “evident barriers women face in the making of their careers and obstacles which prevents them from experiencing their work without daily encounters of bias, misogynistic attitudes and a reminder of glass ceiling.”
After working for more than 12 years in several countries in Europe, organising activities for showcasing of people’s work in arts, research and entrepreneurship, we’ve noticed that there were always more men than women showcasing their work at those activities, and that women seemed to be taken as less interesting, valued by how they looked and taken less seriously. It feels like women are less visible.
These are the reasons that made us created this project.
Our aim is to be a complement and an answer to the reports related to the status of women, creating open and inclusive spaces where women can shine for what we are and for the good things we do. We want to make women’s talents visible.
We want to support, empower and inspire women and girls to change our status, build equality together and help women receive the recognition they deserve.
Will you join us?