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This International Women’s Day, we asked our colleagues, collaborators and the women entrepreneurs we support to share the changes they thought would make the biggest difference to the lives of women and girls around the world.

International Women’s Day 2018 follows a challenging year for women’s rights. The #MeToo movement unveiled the alarming extent of sexual harassment and abuse faced by women and girls around the world, across all walks of life. In 2017, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) latest Global Gender Gap Index found that the global gender gap is widening again. The economic pillar, which covers things like salaries, workforce participation and leadership, has one of the fastest-growing gaps. Women’s earnings around the world still significantly trail behind men’s and, at the current rate of progress, the economic gender gap won’t be closed for another 217 years.

And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

With the annual theme for International Women’s Day 2018 being #PressforProgress, we asked everyone:

 

From valuing and redistributing unpaid care to the role of men in driving change and eliminating violence against women, the ideas flowed in thick and fast. We heard from women and men around the world who shared their vision for a future free from gender inequality. Here are just a few of them:

 

“I would change traditions which always stand by the side of men and minimize and neglect the role of women in society” – Hana, Yemen Mentee on our Mentoring Women in Business Programme

“Women entrepreneurs have all it takes to thrive in the entrepreneurship world… give us the opportunity” – Debola, Nigeria Mentor on our Mentoring Women in Business Programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viviana, a participant in our @R2GMexico project with @XOMFoundation thinks others should believe in our potential. “We have the capacity and should be accepted as entrepreneurs in addition to being mothers and wives.” #PressforProgress #IWD2018

 

 

Gabi from our @R2GMexico project in partnership with @XOMFoundation explains how we must stop creating boundaries between ourselves; if we do not support each other, we stumble. Let’s build each other up instead of down! #PressforProgress #IWD2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their inspiring thoughts and perspectives to the campaign. In the words of our Founder, Cherie Blair:

“The fight for women’s equality is long and fractured, and a journey of victories and setbacks, ebbs and flows. I remain an optimist, and believe that we are moving in the right direction – albeit at an unacceptably slow pace. The important thing is that we keep going. Because, if there’s one thing that history shows with absolute certainty, it’s that women won’t win anything without a fight.”

 

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