Happy International Women’s Day!
Garson & Shaw celebrates International Women’s day as we believe in and works along Gender Equality, Sustainable Development Goal #5. We believe that the secondhand clothing industry contributes to Gender Equality as women form part of the industry in all its phases. Women are involved in different functions, from the mother dropping off donations, to site finder for drop boxes, truck drivers, logistics coordinators, logistics analysts, sales, accounting, marketing, CEOs, managers, graders, market sellers, mothers purchasing secondhand clothing at the market for their families, etc…
Garson & Shaw currently employees 18 women extending over 4 different countries, making up 54% of Garson & Shaw’s employees.
Garson & Shaw truly believes that the influence of women in the secondhand industry is imperative for the industry to prevail and succeed.
Gender equality in the workforce refers to the concept of providing equal opportunities and fair treatment to all employees regardless of their gender. It involves eliminating discrimination and biases against women in recruitment, hiring, promotion, pay, and other aspects of employment.
Gender equality in the workforce has become an important topic in recent years as more women have entered the workforce, and gender disparities in pay and opportunities have become more apparent.
Promoting gender equality in the workforce benefits both individuals and organizations. It helps create a more diverse and inclusive work environment, which can improve employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention. It also helps organizations attract and retain top talent and can improve their reputation and brand image.
International Women’s Day and Sustainable Development Goals
Gender equality is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs are a set of 17 goals aimed at promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty and inequality around the world.
The goal of SDG 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. It includes several targets to be achieved by 2030, including:
- Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls.
- Eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.
- Ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life.
- Providing equal opportunities for access to education, vocational training, and employment for women and girls.
- Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls in all spheres of life.
The achievement of SDG 5 is crucial for the achievement of all other SDGs, as gender inequality can hinder progress in areas such as poverty reduction, health, education, and economic growth. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.