International Women's Day – 8th March
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.
CPM is a true believer in equality in the workforce with over 150 women currently employed by CPM in a variety of office and field roles.
CPM will be celebrating International Women’s Day throughout the week with pictures of strong leading women in our business and roles they play in the organisation,
We will be publishing on our website and blog, interviews with leading women in our business, outlining how they succeeded in their career to date and what the road ahead looks like as well as tips to inspire young women who wish to follow in their career footsteps.
We will also be recognising and showing our appreciation for the women of CPM at the end of the week by offering them some treats throughout the day including a breakfast treat courtesy of their male colleagues as well as 10 minute makeovers & drinks reception in the afternoon!
And in true CPM fashion anyone participating in the treats in CPM at the end of week will be donating to Women less fortunate - our local Women’s Refuge in Rathmines.
Follow our blog and social networks throughout the week to keep up to date with all our activities to celebrate the importance of Women in Business.
More about International Women’s day
Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.
The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.