International Women’s Day 2016 - #PledgeForParity

Pledge for Parity

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Pledge for Parity’.  We would like to make a public commitment to this pledge and are asking staff and students to write their pledge on a piece of A3 paper and take a photo with them holding it (perhaps a colleague could do this on a phone) then send the image to the Equalities Team equalities@le.ac.uk.  Please get involved if this is something you think is important.  Examples of pledges we all can make are listed below and on the International Women's Day website.

Help women and girls achieve their ambitions

Organizations illuminate the path to leadership, showing women the career and advancement opportunities that match their skills and professional objectives and provide the experiences necessary to fulfil their potential.

Individuals can commit to advocating for themselves, and when appropriate, becoming effective role models and sponsors of women to help them achieve their goals.

Challenge conscious and unconscious bias

Organizations build cultures where all people feel valued and included and can contribute fully according to their capabilities.

Individuals can commit to learning about their own biases, adjusting their behavior as needed and welcoming different experiences and points of view.

Call for gender balanced leadership

Organizations must ensure women are exposed to strategic operations and functions to gain the experience needed for senior positions and set measurable targets for appointing women to leadership.

Individuals can show potential or current employers that they value and expect gender-balanced leadership. They should seek out leadership, sponsorship and mentoring programs, exposure to strategic roles and integrated networks designed to help women advance.

Value men and women’s contributions equally

Organizations must ensure all their talent processes are equitable, fair and that they further their gender parity and diversity objectives.

Individuals can seek out perspectives different from their own, prioritize building diverse teams and engage in mixed networks that build trusted relationships.

Create Inclusive and flexible cultures

Organizations should recognize that lines between career and personal lives are becoming more fluid. They should create progressive policies like flexible working that allow everyone - regardless of age, gender, rank or geography - to manage their personal and professional lives and realize their ambitions.

Individuals can create trusting, team-oriented work environments by encouraging flexible working supporting choice about the times, places and ways work gets done.


You can also make a Pledge to Parity on the IWD website:



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