Chwarae Teg joined forces with Oxfam Cymru, Women Making a Difference and the Office of the Presiding Officer.

International Women’s Day is here again, offering us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women all around the world but also reflect on what work still needs to be done to make gender equality a reality.

Globally we have made progress.

We have seen the number of women heads of state increase, more parliaments are actively looking to improve their gender balance and we have a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal to — achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls —, which all countries must work to achieve.

Here in Wales we have much to be proud of.

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We continue to keep gender equality firmly on everyone’s agenda including our politicians, employers and educators.

The National Assembly has one of the best gender ratios of political institutions and through the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act we have enshrined in law our commitment as a nation to become more equal and prosperous.

However, we cannot afford to be complacent.

Globally, the pace of change has slowed with the World Economic Forum saying it will now take until 2133 to achieve global gender parity.

In Wales, women still make up just 27% of our local councillors, 9 out of 40 Welsh MPs and since achieving 50:50 representation in our first Assembly, each election since has seen this slip with just 41% of AMs elected in 2011 being women.

In business too we cannot take our eye off the ball.

Women account for just 2% of chief executives of the top 100 businesses in Wales and women are still less likely to set up their own business than men.

This International Women’s Day Chwarae Teg has joined forces with Oxfam Cymru, Women Making a Difference, and the — Office of the Presiding Officer — to offer women the chance to meet with decision-makers and the media and shine-a-light on the challenges facing women today.

The Wales Women’s Summit will celebrate the achievements of Welsh women and seek to ensure that Wales continues to strive to be a nation where women can achieve and prosper.

Why not join the march for equality?

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign asks everyone – men and women – to #PledgeForParity and promise to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly.

Find out more information about IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity.

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