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Last edited 24 Jun 2018
International Women's Day 2017
International Women’s Day 2017 is celebrated on Wednesday 8th March. It is a day to celebrate the contribution women make to social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
However, the World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the “already glacial pace of progress” meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133. The organisation wants women and girls to achieve their ambitions and has called for flexible cultures to root out workplace bias.
BSRIA is a non-profit distributing, member-based association, providing specialist services in construction and building services. Julia said: “Diversity is clearly needed in the construction industry to shift the scales of ritual and tradition and turn the tide so that women are more fairly represented.
“Current statistics for women in the construction workplace is about 12 per cent compared to 47 per cent in other industries. This variation is undesirable. Women make up 52 per cent of Britain’s population, so increasing the percentage of the female workforce in the industry must happen as a matter of urgency.
“They have struggled to get an equal footing in construction, but the representation of women in our industry has waxed and waned in recent history, demonstrating that, government leadership is crucial in this important debate.
“In this specific respect, BSRIA continues to work with local schools and colleges, in and around Bracknell, to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects – not only at an early age – but to women – who have historically not always chosen this academic avenue.
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