The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is Be Bold for Change. But what does being bold mean? How do bold actions lead to change in our industry?
There has already been plenty happening today, 8th March, as people across the globe mark International Women’s Day. From celebratory events, to online discussions, to street protests, every one of these actions can be considered a bold step: to acknowledge the importance of women who are active and visible in society, to consider and educate others on the work that needs to be done to achieve equality around the world, and to add a voice to direct calls for action where change is urgently needed.
There was also a particularly relevant bold action in today’s Budget 2017. £5million was pledged to support returnships for people returning to work after a career break. An acknowledgement of the importance of reactivating latent talent in our economy, a high proportion of which are women, was somewhat heartening for us at Obelisk to see.
Of course working to change our industry goes far beyond a single day of action or government pledges. It is about continued conversation and actions. It takes all of us – employers, workers, members of the community to carve out our vision for a fairer, more equal working culture. We must not underestimate the impact of small, everyday actions we take to mentor, to speak out, to influence and lead change by example. We must continue to celebrate our own successes and those of our peers, to show what can be achieved and just how many people are working to create a path for others to follow more easily.
Being bold is stepping outside of one’s own comfort zone, of swallowing any fear or doubt and doing it anyway. Whether that means starting your own business, taking a step back from a career path and trying another avenue, or simply focusing on what you value most in life, the steps you take are the first on the road to change for you and others around you.
We want to hear about your bold actions – let us know how you have been #boldforchange on social media.