UN Women announced the theme for today’s International Women’s Day as being “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, aiming to put innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka made a statement at the beginning of this week surrounding this year’s theme which echo’s the priority upcoming theme for the 63rd session of UN Commission on the Status of Women, “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

“At a time when innovation is dominant, shaping and changing the way people live in every part of the world, we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact the lives of women and girls. That means making sure they are not only consumers of innovation, but take their place as innovators. With their engagement, both design and execution of solutions can address the unique needs of women and girls, from the creation of decent work to delivery of products, services and infrastructure for women in all walks of life.”

Highlighting innovation and the development of solutions to exclusion issues for women and girls globally, Phumzile draws upon examples ranging from mobile money technology and digital payments delivering social benefits to even the most remote households, 15-year old Nigerian Eno Ekanem’s drone invention making drops to rural areas, controlled by SMS messaging, to resolve life-saving medication not reaching patients and Midwife Lorina Karway delivering babies in remote parts of Liberia using her phone light due to the lack of electricity.

Bringing relevance now to Sandaire and what International Women’s Day and Innovation means to us. Our Head of Marketing, Partnerships and Propositions, Nicola Roigard, who joined in late 2018 said,

“As McKinsey and Partners stated in an October 2018 article, ‘Companies report that they are highly committed to gender diversity. But that commitment has not translated into meaningful progress.’ At Sandaire we are proud to say that with commitment being one of our core values, which are embedded into everything that we do as a business, that our male to female staff ratio is approximately 50:50, with a number of female staff having joined the team in the past twelve months, including myself.

The theme for this years’ International Women’s Day is incredibly strong and reflects the ever developing world in which we live. Pioneering is another of our core values due to the nature of our history and also the fact that we are truly focused on being at the forefront of innovation. This applies to everything from the developments we are making to our growth strategy, through to the support, education and empowerment which we aim to give to our staff, both male and female.”

At Sandaire we will be celebrating International Women’s Day today and fully support the work being undertaken by the UN, as well as their theme for this year. Throughout this next year as a business, we will be very much supporting thinking equal, building smart and innovating for change and this will be shown through announcements and content that we will be developing throughout the year.