ICAS celebrates International Women’s Day 2017

Women in business
By Hannah Downie, CA Today

8 March 2017

Last year, Ellen Arnison wrote “March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But it’s also the day that marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”

As part of ICAS’ celebration of International Women’s Day this year, Ellen looks at whether there are still barriers to the boardroom in business and efforts to achieve gender diversity in the workplace while Sarah Perrin reports on a panel discussion during which women discussed what more can be done to promote gender parity in the workplace.

We also highlight goal 5 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 5: gender equality

In September 2015, the UN announced that they had reached consensus on the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) needed to transform our world by 2030.

These committed world leaders to 17 goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice; fix climate change.

The goals seek to realise the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. To find out more about the SDGs read Anne Adrain’s article.

Goal 5 of the SDGs is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Goal 5: targets

  • “End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • “Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • “Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • “Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • “Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life
  • “Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
  • “Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • “Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • “Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.”

Source: UN Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 5

Be Bold for Change

The 2016 International Women’s Day campaign, Pledge for Parity, committed to “help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures.”

This year we seek to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world. Let’s all #BeBoldForChange.

ICAS believes in strengthening diversity within the profession, and not just for the positive knock-on effects this would have on businesses around the world.

Female leadership in 2017

We’re looking to run a programme throughout the UK for all female CAs on becoming a leader, or developing existing skills – if you’d like to take part please let us know your preferred city by emailing us.


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