by: Ida Mandinyenya
Friday, March 18, 2016 | Social Responsibility |
Last March 8, MicroSourcing celebrated International Women’s Day. The campaign theme for this year is ‘Pledge for Parity’.
Gender parity has slowed in some countries and there is now an urgent call to accelerate equality. There is some good news. The 2015 MasterCard Index of Women’s Advancement (MIWA) showed that in the Asia-Pacific region, women in New Zealand (77.3), Australia (76.0), and the Philippines (72.6) continue to outdo their regional peers. A steep decline was recorded in Thailand (59.2), while a significant improvement was documented in Singapore (70.5). Unfortunately, although the MIWA shows that women are at par with their male colleagues in terms of basic and advanced knowledge assets, this educational attainment is not translating into workforce and political participation. It has become a global challenge to address how we can integrate the participation of women in both business and political leadership.
MicroSourcing employees in Manila and Cebu were encouraged to wear purple to work on March 8. The color purple symbolizes justice and dignity, which are both linked to women’s equality.
Employees were also invited to make pledges for gender parity on International Women’s Day. We are all leaders within our own spheres of influence and have the capacity, whether big or small, to help close the gender gap between men and women. Across all sites, we saw 262 employees make pledges for gender parity.
MicroMissions is grateful to all employees who participated in the International Women’s Day pledge activity. The pledge exercise was a simple act of awareness; however, the impact of this activity on the social fabric of a deprived community will be much greater.
Tahanan Sta. Luisa, a crisis intervention center for abused and prostituted street girls in Antipolo City, is the beneficiary of the P100,000 gift from MicroSourcing. The center is a sister organization of ChildHope Philippines that provides safe residential care to street girls. They also help young girls with their recovery process from the traumas they have experienced, while teaching them become productive members of society. At present, 13 girls are living at the crisis intervention center.
MicroMissions looks forward to meeting the staff and residents of Tahanan Sta. Luisa during the course of the year. If you would like to join us on this visit, please join MS Volunteers to stay up-to-date on our upcoming community outreach activities.