DEARBORN - Members of the Ford Global Professional Women’s Network (PWN) supported International Women’s Day on Monday, March 10, by wearing all shades of purple. This year’s theme was “Inspiring Change.”
To celebrate the day, employees at Ford sites around the globe were encouraged to gather for group photos and upload their “purple” pictures to the Global PWN SharePoint site. Ninety-three pictures were uploaded from groups spanning every region in the world, illustrating people coming together across organizations and leadership levels to support International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day was designed to recognize women for their achievements without regard to divisions – whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion to look back at past struggles and accomplishments and look forward to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 1975. (Because March 8 fell on a Saturday in 2014, the PWN chose to celebrate the occasion on Monday, March 10). Recognizing the role women play in peace efforts and social and economic development, the UN General Assembly urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women’s full and equal participation. International Women’s Day has since assumed a new global dimension for women in both developed and developing countries.
“This International Women's Day, we are highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it,” said UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon. “Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”
Increasingly, International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The PWN is an umbrella organization integrating affiliate women’s resource groups dimensioned by organizations and/or country with a common set of goals and objectives and leveraging best practices. Members of the Ford PWN work toward attracting, developing, and retaining female employees and customers, making Ford Motor Company the best place to work and the best company to buy vehicles from.
Membership in the PWN is open to Ford employees. Additional information is available at the PWN Website or by emailing Contact PWN. (Note: Membership is at the Affiliate level.)