Bringing International Women’s Day to Work
International Women’s Day is celebrated in numerous countries across the globe as a way of showing support to women through various public events. The theme originated in Europe in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until 1977 that the United Nations adopted the movement and named March 8th as International Women’s Day, with Canada following suit.
March 8th is an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of women and their positive impact on society, and is a chance to benchmark progress towards gender equality.
With women making up nearly half of Canada’s workforce, it is particularly important to observe International Women’s Day in the office. There are several ways to bring this significant day into the workplace:
- Check in with your staff to see if they have any comments or concerns regarding equality in the workplace. Offer an anonymous suggestion box available for those who have comments but may be uncomfortable voicing them directly. Listen to what your employees have to say and gauge if there is an imbalance and how to fix it.
- Recognize the high-achieving women in your office by sending them a thank you note or profiling them in the company newsletter.
- Cater a celebratory Women’s Day lunch for the whole office.
- Bring the office together by arranging a week-long fundraiser towards a good cause for women, such as monetary or clothing donations for a women’s shelter.
Bringing International Women’s Day to the office is both a great way of recognizing your female workers as well as increasing overall employee communication and morale.
And although special recognition of women and their achievements is the theme for March 8th, it’s important to remember that there should be always be a focus on equality, among all people, 365 days of the year.
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