International Women's Day is a time to reflect on the progress made while acknowledging how much work still needs to be done. This year's theme," #BreaktheBias," imagines a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Employers can play an essential role in advancing these goals by creating a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion. Here are three ways employers can contribute meaningfully to International Women's Day throughout the year.
Recognize Female Leaders in the Workplace
One way to break the bias is to recognize and celebrate female leaders in the workplace. This can be done by highlighting their accomplishments, sharing their stories, and providing opportunities for growth and development. This helps to break the bias and creates a more inclusive workplace culture where everyone can feel valued and respected.
Promote Gender Equality in the Workplace
Gender equality is not a women's issue; it's a human issue. Promoting gender equality in the workplace is essential for creating an equitable and inclusive environment. This can be done by establishing policies and procedures that support gender parity, providing training and development opportunities that promote gender equality, and supporting employees in their efforts to achieve work-life balance.
Provide Training on Unconscious Bias
One of the best ways to #BreaktheBias is to educate employees about unconscious bias and its impact on the workplace. Unconscious bias training can help employees become more aware of their own biases and avoid making assumptions or judgments about others. By creating a more inclusive workplace, employers can help contribute to a more equitable world.
Celebrating International Women's Day
Employees are the best ambassadors for inclusion and diversity. Encouraging employee participation in International Women's Day is a great way to show your commitment to these values. This can be done by hosting events, sharing resources, and promoting awareness of the day.
These are just a few of the ways employers can play a role in celebrating International Women's Day year-round. To learn more, visit the International Women's Day website.