Created by the United Nations to help support the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 with a new theme each year.
With this year’s theme being ‘Press for Progress’, we have interviewed the Executive Chair of mdgroup, Miriam Dervan, to share her thoughts on women’s ongoing progress in the world.
What do you think needs to be done to achieve equality?
Keep doing what we’re doing. We are empowering ourselves as women during each and every step of the way. We don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we have currently achieved. But with our voices together, our collective energy, our strong, powerful and robust desire for equality, we will get there. It will happen.
What would your advice be to women starting their career?
My vision was to grow and be a global international organisation. When I mentioned this to a man in the industry, he laughed, and his comment was “.com isn’t that a bit big for you”. I certainly did not allow men’s behaviour to prevent me from achieving my dream. Nobody should ever stop you from trying to achieve your aspirations.
My advice to women is to go for it! It’s amazing how much we learn about ourselves as our journey unfolds. You will find the strength, courage and bravery to fight your corner. As women, I don’t believe we give ourselves enough credit for who we are, and the empowerment we have within each and every one of us.
mdgroup’s commitment to gender equality
Too many people are focusing on what we can do to progress, but we are already progressing. People don’t seem to remember the amount of work we have done already and what is being achieved globally.
People are listening, and there has been an increase in the media surrounding gender equality such as the #timesup campaign. Change is currently happening and we are not to forget that. It’s not about what we can do differently, I think if we keep on doing what we are doing now it will evidently have an impact in the future.
At mdgroup, we support equality in the workplace by employing a diverse range of people. With a number of initiatives, we continue to acknowledge and support the progression of equality in the workplace, not just gender equality but equality in general. For example, we continue to work alongside the Prince’s Trust for several years, helping young disadvantaged individuals make a start in the workplace.
I think what we are already doing is incredibly powerful and impactful, and although we don’t want to come across as constantly ‘man bashing’, because it’s not all men, it’s important that we change people’s perception of women being weak, because we are not weak.