As we celebrate International Women’s Day, a virtual cheer to all (GiMSIG) women. I hope you all feel love, respect and admiration from those around you.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, which aligns with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign “Generation Equality”. This campaign marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
I hope we agree that this theme resonates with the historical mission of the GIMSIG. Indeed, the attitude, work ethic and example set by women in our GIMSIG community is always inspirational and gives us many reasons to pat ourselves and each other on the back for what we have and continue to accomplish in terms of keeping gender at the forefront of discussions and debates in our scholarly community.
With that said, there are still many reasons for us to continue fighting for a world where all women are able to participate fully and equally in all aspects of social, political and economic life. The GIMSIG embraces this goal through its members and the activities they undertake as students, researchers, educators, peers, mentors and leaders.
There are many celebrations taking place today throughout the world. Let those celebrations energise us to continue fighting for a gender-equal world. In that spirit, below is a list by UN Women of “Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality”:
- Share the care
- Call out sexism and harassment
- Reject the binary
- Demand and equal work culture
- Exercise your political rights
- Shop responsibly
- Amplify feminist books, movies and more
- Teach girls their worth
- Challenge what it means to “be a man”
- Commit to a cause
- Challenge beauty standards
- Respect the choices of others
You can see the full text here that explains these actions here:https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2020/2/compilation-small-actions-big-impact-for-generation-equality
Jenny K Rodriguez
Chair of the Gender in Management Special Interest Group, British Academy of Management