On International Women’s Day (IWD) each year, women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions; whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It was first celebrated in 1911 and still stands as an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
This well respected event is an official holiday in some countries and the day is marked by the colour purple, which symbolises justice and dignity, the two values strongly associated with women’s equality.
In 2015, IWD’s theme is ‘Make it Happen’.
Cardno acknowledges the vital role of women in our business and is committed to gender equality. We strive to provide opportunities for women across the business to advance and grow their careers in a supportive environment. We have established internal governing bodies, working groups and communities of practice to develop program frameworks and guidelines to lead staff in gender integration practices, promoting increased learning.
Cardno is also part of a global endeavour to improve conditions for women in communities around the world. We support many client programs that integrate gender equality across their activities. The integration of gender in programs is an intrinsic element of our approach – essential for achieving meaningful and lasting impact across all sectors.
Please take a moment to read about some important projects Cardno is involved with in empowering women:
Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ)
AIPJ is a four-and-a-half year AU$52.7 million Australian aid program funded by the Australian Government which aims to support increased access to better quality legal information and services for people that will improve legal certainty and provide the foundation for economic growth and poverty.
Pacific Leadership Program (PLP)
Commencing in 2008, PLP is a regional governance initiative of the Australian government. It aims to strengthen established and emerging leaders and leadership practice in Pacific Island countries. PLP’s approach includes supporting the collective efforts and actions of Pacific Island leaders, including where these are focussed on women’s interests and perspectives, economic empowerment and involvement in decision-making.
Operating in Fiji, Timor-Leste and Pakistan, MDF aims to sustainably increase employment for poor women and men in rural and urban areas. MDF uses market-based approaches including a strong emphasis on understanding market systems before intervening; a flexible, entrepreneurial market facilitation approach; and a consistent and relentless focus on results. MDF also implements a gender strategy that aims to improve outcomes in women’s economic advancement in each sector of project activity.
Fostering Interventions for Rapid Market Advancement (FIRMA)
Cardno supports sustainable economic growth, employment expansion and increased household incomes in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) through the $22.3M USAID and Sida funded FIRMA Program. This program places a significant emphasis on gender integration activities and opportunities for female workforce advancement.
Australia–Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF)
Australia's engagement with Africa is underpinned by growing commercial relations; particularly in the resources sector, with about AU$50 billion in current and prospective investment and over 200 Australian companies involved in approximately 650 projects in 37 countries. The AAPF's goal is to develop enduring partnerships across the Africa continent, which promote effective working relationships between Australian and African governments and institutions.
Resource Guide and Training on Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
Cardno is researching, designing and developing a sector-specific Project Design Resource Guide and a pilot training course to enable USAID staff to effectively integrate state-of-the-art gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response efforts into development projects.
Read more detailed stories in Cardno Connect’s Gender Edition
. The stories highlighted in this issue reflect Cardno’s commitment to ensuring women’s active participation in all of its programs and initiatives.