A young person on work experience took part in MYT’s equality and diversity initiatives. Watch the clip below to hear her talking about her experiences and read her communication of International Women’s day below.
Since 1911 International Women’s Day has been celebrated on the 8th of March each year. Across the world thousands of events are held to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. In the UK alone there will be 111 events this year.
In the past hundred years laws have come a long way in preventing discrimination between genders in the UK but there is still much more that needs to be done. It is estimated that 16.5% of women are still paid less than men of the same position. Also there are still huge inequalities when it comes to women’s rights across the world. For instance in Saudi Arabia it is illegal for women to drive. However, there are also inequalities for men. For example, in child custody cases there is often judicial bias against men.
There are certain career paths in which women are still unrepresented. For instance in engineering it is estimated that less than 1% of workers are female. However, there are many government and independent programs that are attempting to get more women into this area of work. For example the WISE organisation, this aims to boost the percentage of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to 30%.