As the original texts are written in Turkish, English translation is provided for non-Turkish readers. The author apologizes in advance for any and all possible changes and losses in meaning due to translation.
Today is March 8 International Women’s Day. When we take a look at the history of this day, we see that it has been celebrated in many countries on March 8, since the early 1900s. Despite the fact that it has been more than a century, it is saddening to see that our awareness, sensitivity and “good wishes” towards strengthening of women’s social position have not been sufficient to enable genuine progress in this area. We need more commitments and action plans to strengthen and encourage diversity. These could be personal, social, or corporate commitments.
In my blog article for last year’s International Women’s Day, I mentioned that today, women’s role in the society is more complex and profound. I also highlighted the importance of hitching our horses together in the responsibilities fulfilled successfully by women despite the immense pressure they are faced with, rather than only appreciating their efforts: https://gelis.org/en/2020/03/09/diversity-is-our-greatest-strength-happy-international-womens-day/
Men and women are innately and naturally equal. However, we are still far away from establishing this equality in the world we live in. It is up to us to advance women’s social position and to value their capabilities and ideas. It is of great importance that we make both internal and external promises to do so and keep them. My personal commitment is to carry my role as an ambassador for strengthening women’s position both within and outside of our company to a whole new level -and not just once a year. From this day on, I will make a point of listening to the ideas and perspectives of our female colleagues that will create value and make a difference for all of us in all critical executive meetings and do my best to make sure they are implemented.
Happy March 8 International Women’s Day!