Today is International Women’s Day, a global day dedicated to raising gender equality across the world. Each year, there is a theme that focuses on the various aspects of women’s rights and this year, it is about a challenging world. IWD shares,’ A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender-equal world?’.

Women have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, McKinsey shared in their Diversity and Inclusion insight article last year, that progress towards gender equality has been marginal since 2015,  ‘In the past five years, progress has been marginal. Gender gaps remain across all regions (Exhibit 1). In 2015, the global Gender Parity Score was 0.60; today, it is 0.61. For gender equality in work, the overall score in 2019 was 0.52, up from 0.51 in 2015. For gender equality in society, the overall score in 2019 was 0.67, up from 0.66 in 2015. These trends are similar across regions.’

Learnlight takes gender equality seriously and is committed to continuously reviewing how we nurture female talent and provide equal opportunities. We are excited about future initiatives and committees to ensure we have sustainable measures in place.

We asked several Learnlight team members to interpret the theme and share how they will ‘Choose to Challenge’:

Natalia Jaszczuk – Head of Learning

“This year, I #ChooseToChallenge both myself and those around me to break through our inaction. We’re often staying silent to avoid making the conversation uncomfortable, or not to strain relationships. I will call out language that is not inclusive (consciously or not) and educate myself and others about intersectionality and its impact on professional opportunities”

Marika Michalak – Transformation & Operations Manager

“Every girl and women should have the right to make a choice about their body and future. For me choose to challenge means to speak up for those rights, and to challenge the way we judge other people choices”

Further reading

Why Developing Female Talent Can Give Your Company a Competitive Edge

Why companies should invest in retaining female talent

Oliver Jones – Head of Optimization & Automation Transformation

“I will support gender equality by ensuring the same standards are applied no matter your background – providing opportunities to empower female role models to inspire the next generation”

Diversity Matters

A course to help build diverse and inclusive organizations

Laura Monge – Head of Skills & Virtual Language Training

“Educo a mi hijo para no tener que educar a un hombre”
“I raise my son so I don’t have to educate a man”

To find out how to incorporate intercultural skills training to support diversity and inclusion in your corporate training, contact us.