Leading law firm Slater and Gordon is showing Wales its support for equality with its contributions and participation in the International Women’s Day Celebration at the Wales Millennium Centre on 12 March 2017.
The event, which is organised by the Women’s Equality Network Wales, is being held across Wales in March in Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea and is finishing in the Welsh Capital at the landmark venue in Cardiff Bay. It promises to be a celebration of the contributions and achievements of women in Wales.
The central theme of this year’s event is ‘Creating An Equal Future’, focusing the attention on the voices of young women and girls in Wales. There will be an array of inspirational talks, panel discussions and workshops, as well as a host of live music, dance and comedy, involving youth drama and school groups. The event seeks to bring together educational bodies, employers and employees in creating a more diverse and equal future for women in Wales.
The event is being held in aid of International Women’s Day taking place on 8 March 2017. Under the tagline #BeBoldForChange, the objective is to highlight the inequality that all women, regardless of age, race or profession, face in the world today and to provide a platform for their voices to be heard.
According to Chwarae Tag, a Women’s Equality Charity based in Cardiff that works with the National Assembly for Wales’ report in July 2016, whilst Wales’ Gender Pay Gap is lower than that of men and women in England (11.4%), it is far higher than that of Scotland (7.3%) and Northern Ireland, who has managed to eliminate its Gender Pay Gap entirely.
This shows that, whilst we have made great progress in closing the gap, there is more work that can be done, with the hope that Wales could be the first country to follow in the footsteps of Northern Ireland in eliminating the Gender Pay Gap altogether.
Juliette Franklin, an Employment and Discrimination Lawyer at Slater and Gordon, who will be representing the firm at the event has said:
“Whilst we have made great steps towards combatting sex discrimination in the workplace, women are still confronted with sexist attitudes and treatment on a far too frequent basis. We are regularly contacted by women who have suffered discrimination throughout every stage of the employment relationship, from recruitment to dismissal, from pregnancy and maternity to childcare responsibilities and working hours, and from promotion to working terms and pay. We may have come a long way but there is still a great deal left to do to tackle regressive and outdated views towards women in the workplace”
For more information on the International Women’s Day events taking place across Wales in March, please visit: http://www.wenwales.org.uk/what-we-do/international-womens-day/