Women will not reach economic parity with men until 2133 if the current rate of progress continues, according to the World Economic Forum. We say this is not soon enough and we are joining the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in calling for transformative change to take place within the current generation of girls and young women.
“Our members are not prepared to wait over 100 years for economic parity,” says IGG Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon. “The current generation of girls needs to see transformative change during their lifetime and, as an organisation, we are committed to making that happen.
“Girl Guides began because a small group of girls turned up to a rally for boys saying they wanted the same opportunities. In the 100 years since, some things have improved in Ireland but not for girls around the world. Guiding aims to create a safer, more equal world for girls and young women everywhere.”
Helen was speaking ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). This year’s theme ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50’ throws the spotlight on how to ensure women’s economic empowerment in the world of work.
IGG members are sharing on social media their female role models – what makes these women so special and how they inspire them. The wider public is encouraged to share their role models too using the hashtag #GreatGirlLeaders.
Former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness, who is a former Girl Guide and is currently an ambassador for the organisation, says: “It’s great to see Irish Girl Guides taking an active part in International Women’s Day. From its very beginnings the Irish Girl Guide movement has encouraged not just equality but also leadership among girls and women.
“The Planet 50-50 in the Changing World of Women at Work is certainly just as relevant here in Ireland as it is on the international scene. We still have a long way to go before we actually stand on that 50-50 planet! I know that today’s generation of Irish Girl Guides will be leaders in achieving that 50-50 world.”