Today is International Womens Day 2021 and there has never been a year in which it has been more important that we should consider women and how we support them globally.
This picture is Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.
A brilliant communicator and compassionate thinker. Yesterday, she shared these statistics on Sky News and I felt it was very apt to share them.
Today I am delivering 3 speeches to companies about “Confidence, Courage, Resilience” and how I, as a women, had to grow these skills to build my career in business. I shall be highlighting these statistics too, from the interview on Sky.
“Globally, due to the pandemic, the work achieved to help women has taken us back decades” stated Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
- Two-thirds of jobs lost are women. Tend to be lower end jobs not protected by contracts
- Girls dropping out of schools
- Even in the Covid task Forces across 87 countries, only 3.6% have women in the leadership teams, despite the amazing female scientists
- 17% of mothers have had to give up their jobs
- They are 9 times more likely to lose their job
- Domestic Violence has increased by 40% in some countries
- Preference in some countries for men to have the vaccinations ahead of women
Let’s take action together.
Photo source: United Nations