International Women's Day a stepping stone, not a destination

International Women’s Day (IWD) serves as a valuable platform to recognise the remarkable contributions of women across all spheres of society.

While IWD shines an obligatory spotlight on these achievements, equality for women is an ongoing endeavour, not a singular event.

International Women’s Day certainly plays a key role in sparking important conversations and highlighting women’s equality issues, true progress lies in dismantling these barriers every single day. Imagine a world where celebrating women’s achievements isn’t confined to a single day on the calendar, but rather woven into the fabric of our everyday lives.

We can move beyond the limitations of IWD and create a more lasting impact:

Moving beyond the calendar: True progress lies in embedding women’s equality into the fabric of our daily lives. This necessitates fostering a culture of respect, inclusion, and opportunity throughout the year, not just on a designated day.

Celebrating every day: From professional breakthroughs to personal triumphs, acknowledging excellence throughout the year sends a powerful message of ongoing support and appreciation.

Collective action, lasting impact: IWD can be a springboard for sustained action. By harnessing the momentum generated on this day, we can translate awareness into tangible initiatives that drive lasting change toward equality for women.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) Glass Ceiling Group exemplifies this approach. Our mission extends far beyond a single day, striving to create a level playing field for women in leadership roles throughout the year. Through mentorship programs, networking events, and advocacy efforts, the IoD champions women’s leadership and empowers them to reach their full potential, every day.

By moving beyond the singular focus of IWD and embracing a culture of continuous celebration and action, we can create a world where women are valued and empowered not just on a designated day, but every single day.

Let’s endeavour to make IWD a stepping stone, not a destination, in our journey toward a truly equitable future.

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Author: Kruthika Bala – member of the IoD Glass Ceiling Group.

This is a guest blog which contains the views of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of the IoD.

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