International Women’s Day 2016 highlights global gender disparity and calls for men and women across the world to ‘Pledge for Parity’.

International Women’s Day takes place on 08 March every year and is recognised around the world. The annual awareness day aims to inspire and celebrate the achievements of women, and to further campaign for equality in public, professional and personal spheres.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is ‘Pledge for Parity’, which encourages supporters to campaign for and pursue gender equality in the workplace and in society as a whole.

According to the World Economic Forum, progress towards gender equality has slowed, and it is estimated that the global gender gap, which is based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators, will not close until 2133.

Michelle Cronin from Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Despite progress in gender equality, a gender gap still exists which is unacceptable in itself but, given the World Economic Forum prediction that it will continue to be an issue globally for more than 100 years, is one that needs to be eradicated faster across the world.

“On International Women’s Day and always, Thompsons joins with others to celebrate the achievements of women and to maintain our support for gender parity in the workplace and all aspects of life.”