International Women’s Day – March 8, 2018
March is Women’s History Month
From this time forward women and men must start remembering that gender equality is a recipe for prosperity. Closing the expanded global economic gender gap is the new international challenge for sustainable human development.
by Melissa Hemingway (Feminine Perspective Staff writer)
Feminism is a doctrine that advocates equal rights for men and women. Are you a feminist or not? Feminists can make you rich.
Advancing women’s equality can add as much as $12 trillion to the global economy. Are you a feminist? It pays huge corporate dividends to be a feminist.
Improving gender parity on your corporations’ board of directors and more importantly at the level of hands-on executive management can double your business. Are you a feminist?
Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. If women—who account for half the world’s working-age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer. While all types of inequality have economic consequences, in the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth, MGI focuses on the economic implications of lack of parity between men and women. McKinsey & Company
McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report is worth the time it takes to read.
The Canadian government has just released some interesting study results with its recent 2018 budget.
Canada is a small country that lives in a world of its own in terms of GDP. The nation performs extraordinarily in most important sectors. What I am trying to say is that its economic performance numbers are not reasonable comparisons for the countries we are most concerned about nor are the strategies of the past particularly noteworthy however the plan for the future is startling.
Canada plans to exceed its already excellent economic performance by advancing gender parity; enhancing women’s equality not just in the workplace but within academia, society, government and importantly, on the corporate top floor and in the boardroom. Canada has learned that Feminists Can Make You Rich.
“Canadian women and men are among the most educated in the world—ranking first among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in Post-Secondary Education by population” claims the Canadian Finance Department in its annual budget dissertation.
In the following gender distribution of employment graph you can see both problems and with the right attitude, some amazing opportunities.
src.: Government of Canada
The RINJ Foundation Women, (and me, Melissa, in particular) has in the past been very critical of the status of women in Canada. Years of browbeating women by the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and successive Cabinets left Canada in a sad state. It is still not good.
The damage done to women’s rights in Canada by a misogynist Harper government for nearly ten years is comprehensive. Canada’s rape culture is out of the box. The Canadian Criminal Code doesn’t even mention “rape“, and the Canadian Courts seldom hear rape cases but when they do they smile on rapists with little wrist slaps while destroying the reputation and life of the survivor. Only India is worse. There, rape survivors are dead meat.
One day I woke up in Syria with enough time to read a week-old newspaper with headlines that referred to a 50% female Canadian Cabinet. (OK so that explosion was closer than I realized and I was dead or unconscious in the midst of some weird fantasy.)
Canada has turned over a new leaf? The effect is slow. Even women in Canada are misogynists. I was chatting to a Canadian female who worked with Patrick Brown, the former Ontario Opposition Leader. He was in the process of getting busted for trying to sex his teenaged office staff member(s) back when he was a federal government parliament member under that misogynist S. Harper. She didn’t understand why I suggested Brown simply apologise, do some remedial counseling or behaviour modification training and move on. She like Brown said he had earned this entitlement as a hard hustling politician for the good of the “party”. WTF!
It’s like the government of Canada has started listening to the The RINJ Foundation Women, its pain in the ass activist group which earned international renown as Civil Society activists for the safety of women with no time for home, just the occasional growl over the shoulder from distant places that often hurt like hemorrhoids.
Couldn’t be. So we will say that even though these goals are ours and Canada is on the same page, we are word for word grabbing the Canadian government’s gender equality goals for Canada and adopting them for the world. Perfect. Here, you follow these guidelines and your country or your company can enjoy significant rewards.
Why screw around? If you want significant earnings, grow your nation or business with gender parity. It works. Start making some serious money.
The way ahead to closing the global economic gender gap.
Education & Skills Development
Gender Equal opportunities and diversified paths in education and skills development
- More diversified educational paths and career choices for women
- Reduced gender gaps in reading and numeracy skills among youth, including Indigenous youth
- Gender-equal lifelong continuing education opportunities for women
Economic Participation & Prosperity
Gender Equal and full participation in the economy
- Increased labour market opportunities for women, especially women in underrepresented groups
- Elimination of the gender wage gap
- Increased full-time, parity-pay employment of women
- Equal sharing of parenting roles and family responsibilities
- Better gender balance across all occupations
- More women in higher-quality, higher-ranking jobs, such as permanent and well-paid jobs
Leadership and Democratic Participation
Gender equality in leadership roles and at all levels of decision-making
- More women in senior management positions, and more diversity in senior leadership positions
- Increased opportunities for women to start and grow their businesses, and succeed on a global scale
- More company board seats held by women, and more diversity on company boards
- Greater representation of women and underrepresented groups in elected office and ministerial positions in national and sub-national governments
- Increased representation of women and underrepresented groups in the judicial system
Gender Based Violence and Access to Justice
Eliminating gender-based violence and harassment, plus promoting security of the person and access to justice consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Workplaces must be harassment free
- Fewer women victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault
- Fewer victims of childhood maltreatment
- Fewer women killed by an intimate partner
- Increased police reporting of sexually violent crimes
- Fewer Indigenous women and girls victims of violence
- Increased accountability and responsiveness of justice systems
Poverty Reduction, Health and Well Being
- Reduced poverty and improved health outcomes
- Fewer vulnerable women living in poverty
- Fewer women and children living in food-insecure households
- Fewer vulnerable women lacking stable, safe and permanent housing
- Child and spousal support orders enforced
- More years in good health
- Improved mental health
- Improved access to contraception for everyone and reduced adolescent birth rate
- Feminist international approach to all policies and programs, including diplomacy, trade, security and development.
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Other fundamental women’s issues suggested for your reading.
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Mysogyny vs Gender Equality defined
- Rape and Sexual Assault defined
- War Crime of Rape
Please read our series of Women’s Rights and Gender Equality articles — Melissa Hemmingway – Feminine-Perspective.org