Ladies, mark your calendar. The big day is almost here. We are about to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. A day to be proud of ourselves and our achievements.
What is International Women’s Day?
It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The earliest celebration was held as a Socialist political event in 1909 in New York City. Declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union in 1917, it spread to other nearby countries. It is now celebrated in many countries.
The role of the United Nations
The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization bring unprecedented opportunities for those who can access them. On the other hand, there is growing informality of labour, income inequality and humanitarian crises. The United Nations observance on 8 March will call upon all actors to Step It Up for Gender Equality towards a Planet 50-50 by 2030 by ensuring that the world of work works for all women.
What is my contribution?
I took bold action in forging women’s advancement by participating in the IWD 2017 campaign #BeBoldForChange. In addition, I posted an online event on my Facebook blog which virtually tributes my respect towards this initiative.
Girls become women. Hence, it is essential to empower them as early as possible.
I joined the online volunteering program of the United Nations to the cause of international peace and development. The initiative was called SAFIGI: Safety first for girls. SAFIGI Outreach Foundation Ltd is a registered Nonprofit with a vision to raise a generation where girls are empowered, equipped and fulfilled in every aspect of their life, for the development of the entire world.
If you are also interested in this voluntary work program, please reach out to http://www.safetyfirstforgirls.org/. Moreover, I have been a constant supporter of my profession by promoting the office professionals industry. I am acting as Regional Head of IMA Berlin, Germany.
IMA – International Management Assistants was founded in 1974 and is today represented in 27 countries. IMA is an international quality network of management support professionals who focus on their personal development and the future of their profession. What makes IMA unique is its global dimension. The Association also aims to provide opportunities for the promotion cross-cultural relationship and professional understanding through the exchange of ideas and practices, by assisting members who wish to work in other countries, and by holding international meetings of a professional and cultural nature. To accomplish these aims the Association will encourage the setting up of European Management Assistants’ groups in countries around the world.
What can you do to support IWD?
Please join me and many others and state where you will take action by visiting: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold. Promote this initiative on your social media channels: #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange. In addition, there will be many events organised on this occasion, so find out what is happening in your region: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Events
Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange? Join one of the above mentioned activities and pay a tribute to IWD 2017.
Spread the word, activate your peers and make a difference.
About the author:
Diana Brandl holds a Degree in International Administration and Management, specializing in Office Management. Throughout her career, she has been working successfully for C-Level Executives within global corporations such as Sony.
Diana has a strong background in Communications and calls herself an active networker. She also joined the professional network IMA in 2006, and currently acts as Head of Regional Group in Berlin.
She continuously supports the role of the management assistant by speaking at international events and publishing various articles in Germany and abroad. Diana writes her own blog MoneypennyProjects and is influencing the industry with her creative initiatives.
Diana currently works as Senior Executive Assistant for Mister Spex, Europe`s leading online optician and resides in Berlin, Germany.
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