My Pledge for Parity
International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, 2016 and at numerous
other events this week. It has been an exciting week and I have been fortunate
to attend a few events. This year’s theme was gender parity and I have been
inspired to keep working towards this goal. I was horrified to see the World
Economic Forum estimate that on our current path we will not reach gender
parity until 2133! That seems absurd to me but, just reminds me that we can
speed this up by working together on this issue.
At the City Hall event, I was challenged by our keynote Dr. Christina Stasia
talked about it is time we stopping telling everyone about the issue and starting
showing how it can be done. At the Famous Five luncheon, Sally Armstrong
inspired me that young people are now being more and more engaged to speak
out about what is acceptable. Her thoughts on political will changing policies,
public will and its activities and how today it is personal will that is driving the
conversation and it is showing up on twitter and facebook challenging the status
quo and inspiring action.
I really excited about some of the work I’m involved in within the City of
Edmonton and we just announced a new initiative, Diverse Voices for Change.
Edmonton will be one of five municipalities across Canada who will be working to
increase the number of women from diverse communities to be actively engaged
in local government and in particular, increased participation on agencies,
boards and committees.
My pledge … to speak out and support women to be involved in our city and take
a leadership role. What is your pledge or what are you going to do to inspire
change and create gender equity?