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Today marks International Women’s Day, a global event to celebrate the remarkable achievements of women. The celebration is also a chance to highlight the inequalities women are still facing and how people can get involved to bring about change. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge. By challenging the gender bias we face and see we are actively and positively participating in the change we want to see for a more inclusive world.
To raise awareness of gender bias and inequality, we arranged an internal lunch and learn session to discuss just some of the inequalities women face. For international Women’s Day, we’d like to share some of the research women across Audit Wales produced that highlight gender bias.
Gender bias encompasses so much more than the gender pay gap which continues to favour men and was 11.6% in 2020 across Wales [opens in new window]. To put it another way, the median hourly pay for men was £13.28 compared to £11.74 for women.
As an organisation, we still have more to do to reduce our own gender pay gap and are always looking for ways to improve. In December 2020, we released our own Equality report [opens in new window] which outlines our commitments to providing a work environment that values the diversity of all people.
Part of our internal discussions around gender bias and how we can improve led to some colleagues doing further research into the issue. Our Data Analytics Officer, Rachel Brown, has produced research on how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted the female workforce. You can find her research in the blog section of our website [opens in new window].
To find out more about International Women’s Day and how to get involved, visit the International Women’s Day website [opens in new window]. Their website contains a vast number of resources on the history of International Women’s Day (did you know the first gathering was in 1911?) and how people can get involved.
Gender bias is not a ‘women’s issue’ – it needs men and women to do our part to tackle it. The HeForShe movement [opens in new window] encourages men to commit to take action for a gender equal world.
As individuals and organisations there is much we can do to address gender bias including:
Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day and #ChooseToChallenge.