Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow – Celebrating International Women’s Day
Today marks international women’s day, a day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It is an opportunity to honour women past, present, and future but it is also a stark reminder of the need for gender parity.
The first official International Women’s Day was in 1975 when it was officially recognised by the UN. However, long before that in 1908, 15,000 women marched the streets of New York City protesting for better pay and the right to vote. The following year, the US marked February 28th, 1909, as International Women’s Day with countries like Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland following their lead. In 1910, at the Working Women Conference in Copenhagen, it was suggested that this should become a global event and March 8th (the day women gained the right to vote in Russia) became known as International Women’s Day.
In December, the UN Women announced this year’s theme - “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. This year’s hashtag #breakthebias focuses on raising awareness and gender equality through our current climate crisis. The UN Women said that this year IWD is about “recognising the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all."
The UN body recognises that women are both disproportionally affected by climate change and “effective and powerful leaders and change makers” in the fight to save the planet. This aligns with the 66th Commission on the Status of Women whose main priority this year is “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”.
With sustainability and an innovative spirit being core to MOF Technologies' culture, these are themes that we support. We know from experience the crucial role diversity of thought and skill plays here, which is why our team consists of people from all backgrounds, including women.
An example of the crucial role women play in our team is seen in our Process Development Engineer, Rebecca Robinson. Rebecca oversees the optimised extrusion of our highly adsorbent MOF material, perfecting the finer details of its shaping and production. The process is optimised to find the right balance between A MOF’s adsorption capacity and mechanical properties. This helps increase the material’s longevity and capacity for capturing carbon dioxide which, in turn, cleans flue gas with maximum effectiveness. This is a key process for ensuring the ultra-energy efficiency of our Nuada carbon capture system and an essential component for cleaner air, a major step in the fight against climate change.
So, to us it is clear, equality doesn't just make ethical sense, it makes perfect business sense too.
This year, why not show support on IWD by looking out for events in your area, wearing this year’s campaign colours purple, green and white to represent justice, dignity, hope and purity. Or simply help to educate yourself and others by sharing the resources available on the IWD website, including "5 reasons Climate Action Needs Women" and "Women bear the brunt of the climate crisis, COP26 highlights".
Let’s celebrate women globally and do what we can to help #breakthebias.