This week we celebrate International Woman’s Day (8 March) which is a global celebration of the social, economic and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s theme is ‘Better the balance, better the world’, with organisers stating that achieving this balance is not a women’s issue, but a business issue.

There is a recognition that a gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced Government, in fact a gender-balance in all aspects of life, are essential for economies and communities to thrive.