International Women’s Day 2016 #PledgeForParity

International-Womens-DayInternational Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day – observed globally, also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

IWD has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical changes… like women in the work force! Women worked outside the home in factories, on farms, in offices, as teachers and much more. Of course they earned far less than men, no matter that their work was often exactly the same. And their work was precarious and often dangerous.

In 2016 the value of women’s work cannot be denied or debated and the issues of gender parity, equal access, and pay equity cannot be ignored. Even today, depending on where they live, *Canadian women  earn between 74¢ and 82¢ for every dollar a man earns doing work of the same value.  For indigenous women and women of colour, the wage gap is even greater. The World Economic Forum estimates that it will take until 2133 for the world to entirely closes the economic gender gap.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

International Women’s Day is about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – both globally and at the local level. Join the international call for gender equality; do your part, take the pledge.   Add your voice  by using the hashtag #PledgeForParity      If you are in Whitehorse, make sure you pop by the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre to help them celebrate their 40th Anniversary on March 8th, and visit Yukon Women in Trades & Technology’s IWD Celebration with Yukonstruct. We’re overdue for action and we are overdue for parity.

On International Women’s Day and beyond, 
I pledge to …

Until there is true equality for women in all areas of our lives, there will be more work to do.

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Teens & Tools; YWITT talks Trades for Young Women!

Sue-and-draw-winnersFor 15 years, Yukon Women in Trades & Technology has championed opportunities for young women to learn up new skills and gain confidence through the annual Trades Exploration Conference.   The event will take on an exciting new shape this year as the girls experience skill building in real work settings.YEU has proudly supported their annual Young Women Exploring Trades event for many years; we are excited to be part of building choice for Yukon’s next generation.

If you know a Grade 8 girl please make sure she knows about the YWET Trades Exploration Conference taking place October 15 & 16 in Whitehorse.  Yukon businesses will open their doors to these future tradespeople all across Whitehorse, offering a varied menu of trades to try.

They can choose to try their hand at carpentry or Environmental testing, explore career paths in the flight industry, learn what it takes to be a paramedic, an esthetician or a welder. Perhaps communications & computer programming, RV mechanics or culinary pursuits will capture the imagination and spark a rewarding,  lifelong adventure in the trades.

For more information on the YWET 2015 Trades Exploration Conference, please visit yukonwitt.org.

Program Details HERE              Registration Form HERE

2015 Y-WITT-CommunityYWITT is a non-profit organization that encourages girls and young women to consider and pursue careers in the skilled trades.  YWITT offers programming opportunities to high school girls that expose them to a multitude of trades in a safe and supportive environment under the direction of skilled tradespeople, who are primarily women.

YWITT provides financial support to Yukon women apprentices through a bi-annual bursary and opportunities to instruct young girls and women. They also partner with other sector partners and industry to provide community-based programming.