FDA celebrates International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) - 8 March - is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year's theme is "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality". The year 2030 refers to the deadline for the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) for each country.

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FDA Learn/Keyskills courses and workshops

The FDA runs events and training sessions throughout the year, aimed at helping members to progress in their career. A full list of courses can be found here. Upcoming courses aimed at helping women to achieve their career potential include:

'Lean in' to your career with confidence:
Delivered by former civil servant Katie Driver, this workshop combines motivation, discussion and practical exercises.

Women into Leadership and Women into Leadership Scotland:
Organised alongside training company Dods, the conference enable delegates to hear from and question successful women and attend workshops aimed at helping women to continue to make progress and help them to achieve their potential.
An annual event in London, for the first time this year Women into Leadership will also be held in Edinburgh.

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The TUC's work on gender equality

On IWD2016, the TUC published analysis carried out on its behalf by the IPPR on the pay penalty associated with motherhood.

Using the Birth Cohort Study for women and men born in 1970, they compared the weekly earnings of those in full-time work at age 42 who had become parents with those who had not.

The study found that by the age of 42, mothers who are in full-time work are earning 11% less than full-time women without children, while women who become mothers before the age of 33 earn 15% less than similar full-time women (i.e. those with similar levels of education etc) who hadn’t had children by the age of 42. Read more, including the full Motherhood Pay Penalty report.

The TUC Women's Conference takes place from 9 to 11 March 2016 at Congress House, central London. Five FDA delegates are attending, including the union's National Officer with responsibility for equality, diversity and inclusion, Zohra Francis.
A conference report will be available on the FDA website.

IWD2016 stories of interest

- The Guardian Public Leaders Network has an interesting article by the Institute for Government's Catherine Haddon on the story of women in Whitehall.

- Scottish Government Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans on the civil service blog: why we can't afford to wait for gender parity.

- Communications Director of Girls' Globe Emma Saloranta provides more information on this year's IWD2016 theme on the Huffington Post.

- The Guardian has live coverage of how people across the world are celebrating IWD2016, which can be accessed here.

- The Independent shares 10 ways you can make a difference on International Women's Day.