This International Women's Day the theme is #pledgeforparity. A few of Stonewall's trustees told us what International Women's Day means to them, and what they do to help create gender equality.
I love the fact that International Women’s Day unites women across the world in a celebration of who we are and how much we give to our work and in our homes. I hate the fact that so many women, particularly lesbian, bi and trans women, can’t break through the bias and discrimination that surrounds them. I think about how we can change that most days, not just today.
JAN GOODING, CHAIR OF TRUSTEES, STONEWALL
For me, it is essential to achieve a balance of gender self-identities in the public services, including in positions of leadership and thus reflecting society. The outcome is inclusive, sustained service-delivery which better meets the needs of communities and our constantly evolving societal challenges. It's also very important to acknowledge and recognise that like me there are trans, intersex and non-binary people, many of whom choose not to be 'out' about their gender identity, who are making significant contributions as their gender and to gender equality. Commitment to positive gender self-identity will create a society where people feel included without acceptation and their health, safety and well-being is protected.
KATIE CORNHILL, STONEWALL TRUSTEE
I look around in the world and see so much that still needs to be done to enable every woman to be equal. Huge inequalities and persecution still exist. It seems an insurmountable task to change this. But small steps make changes. I am fully aware of the need for women to make their voice heard and to be recognised for their achievements. It is a travesty that so many capable women are still held back by bias, conscious and unconscious.
SHONA MILNE, STONEWALL TRUSTEE
Equality and inclusion is key to my leadership style so that we get the best from everyone. As an openly gay woman at the Environment Agency in a senior operational role I see the importance everyday of working with people from diverse backgrounds and with different skills and experiences. Our work culture must be flexible and inclusive – that’s essential to attracting, retaining and developing talent and the only way we maintain a culture where people will put others ahead of themselves.
LISA PINNEY, STONEWALL TRUSTEE
This International Women’s Day it’s so important for us to understand that we all have a responsibility and a part to play in creating gender equality. We cannot say we have achieved equality if we leave people behind. We need to work together, and listen to each other.