Everyone Benefits When We Recognize Value Of Women And Girls

“A recent UN report says that without the active participation of women and the incorporation of women’s perspective at all levels of decision-making, the goals of equality, development and peace cannot be achieved,” writes Donna Orender in a recent article for Arbus Magazine.  “For if women do not participate fully in decisions that shape their lives, communities and countries are not capitalizing on the full potential of one half of their societies.”  Here is an excerpt from her article:

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So here we are in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2015. We are a city poised for success, flush with talent, with new dreamers, opportunists and business builders arriving every day. Where they will take us, we do not yet know; but what we do know, is that in this city, we have a wealth of capable, experienced and brilliant women who have the ability to look the artist in the eye, to make Shakespeare sing and to fortify Warren Buffet’s businesses both in the boardroom and on his leadership teams.

The data is rich, deep and convincing.
Here are some facts:
– Companies with even one female director outperform those with none. There is as much as double digit ROI on bottom lines of companies that have women in leadership positions versus those that don’t.
– Diverse leadership teams work better because they have an inherently broader range of skills.
– Women are strongly linked to positive developments in education, infrastructure and health standards at the local level (National Democratic Institute).

A recent UN report says that without the active participation of women and the incorporation of women’s perspective at all levels of decision-making, the goals of equality, development and peace cannot be achieved. For if women do not participate fully in decisions that shape their lives, communities and countries are not capitalizing on the full potential of one half of their societies.

Come on Jacksonville! We are not a fifty percent city, we are a one-hundred percent city. We absolutely have what is required to elevate the quality of life that is at the core of a strong community. To achieve, to reach, to thrive we start with the existence of a critical mass of both women and men who are committed to this goal. We work to understand and then to act by mobilizing energy and resources that take into account the power of realizing gender equity. We embrace the best in each other and we work to be the best city: the one with all the bridges, the one with the spans that connect neighborhoods and in their beautiful colors and expanses suggest the big arcs of ideas and possibilities that we can achieve together.

This is what GENERATION W is about. GENERATION WOW, WORKS and WE. It is about the magic of people coming together, and especially women, who for too long have been relegated to the sidelines. It is in our collective best interest to link arms with the full appreciation that we have an engine for greatness right amongst us: it is the full recognition of the value of women and girls and the great contributions they offer toward creating a world-class community.

 

Click here to read the entire article and be sure to join us for Generation W on March 27th!