International Women's Day is powered by the collective efforts of all says Fingal Chamber President
Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist once explained “The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can serve as ambitious yet also practical goals for businesses to strive towards. In 2019 Fingal Chamber and Chambers Ireland signed a national SDGs charter, representing our pledge to support the implementation of the SDGs across all of our activities.
One of the Goals we have chosen to focus on is SDG 5: Gender Equality. We believe we can contribute directly towards it and champion it through our work.
The best way for Ireland to remain competitive and sustainable as an economy is through the empowerment of all of the talent and skills in our economy. Policies that support the labour participation of women are crucial. Through the Chambers Ireland Workplace and Skills Taskforce, we seek to advocate for policies that promote gender equality and the empowerment of all women at all levels in the workplace.
Additionally, in 2020 Fingal Chamber established a new Community Committee to ensure we champion our chosen goals, including SDG 5: Gender Equality, through our policy work and our internal company culture. This group is now working with our members to embrace SDG actions relevant to their businesses with the same enthusiasm and commitment they have displayed on CSR for the betterment of our local communities, creating a prosperous future for all while protecting the environment.
If Ireland is to fully implement the SDGs (including SDG 5: Gender Equality) domestically by 2030, each represented dimension of society must be included in the progress. We believe that Fingal Chamber, with its wide geographical reach across the north Dublin region, is in a strong position to do so.
In Fingal Chamber’s 27-year history it has elected 15 different people from our member businesses to become President. Women have accounted for 30% of the Presidential-terms, and excitingly a positive trend has emerged, and a woman has now served as President for 6 years of the last 10 years of the organisation. Furthermore, the current Fingal Chamber board has equal representation amongst men and women.
If you are a woman in business, please know that the opportunities offered by Fingal Chamber are indeed open to you. We are here to truly make a positive difference for women, and to support you on matters that impact you and your business. To learn more please contact us or visit our website www.fingalchamber.ie. We look forward to welcoming you.
Wishing you an enjoyable and inspiring International Women’s Day.
President, Fingal Chamber