todayFebruary 10, 2022
International Women’s Day, 8th March, is an opportunity to reinforce the fact that everyone has a role to play in forging a more gender-balanced world. Since the first IWD gathering in 1911, IWD has celebrated the achievements of women, called for gender parity, raised awareness against bias and take action for equality.
The theme for 2022 is about being pro-active in calling out gender bias if you see it.
This year’s theme includes the #BreakTheBias pose of crossing your arms in an “X” shape in front of chest, raising awareness by asking people to post photos and videos striking the pose showing their support for the message.
While there have been a significant improvement in awareness of this bias, whether deliberate or unconscious, it makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough – action is needed to level the playing field.
We all have individual responsibility for our thoughts and how we act. We are unable to change the way other people behave, but if we are able to consciously break our biases and lead by example. Together, we can all break the bias. In doing this, the world will be a better place; making more informed, valuable decisions and celebrating the best talent.
Many reports over the years have shown that workplaces strong in gender diversity increase organisational performance and productivity.
Unfortunately, AEC sectors still remain male-dominated and majority male-led. More needs to be done to ensure the gender imbalance is addressed so that a truly diverse and inclusive AEC workforce is created for future generations.
According to the World Economic Forum 2021 Global Gender Gap Report:
How has the COVID-19 Pandemic affected gender gaps in the global workforce?
How does the AEC sector stand globally?
According to CIOB Special Report Diversity and Inclusion in Construction:
According to the Engineering UK 2020 – Educational Pathways into Engineering Report:
There is still a lot of progress to be made to reach a gender equal world. Are you going to stand up and call out gender bias when you see it?
Are you going to #BreakTheBias?
Written by: Tara Flanagan