This year's International Women's Day was a chance for the women from Kaz'O'zah Art's Bujumbura office to spend some time together and have fun. Dressed in our finest, we spent the morning chatting, taking photos and generally enjoying each other's company.
There was a slightly more serious side to the day too. While Burundi has one of the highest percentages of women in the workforce in the world (23rd out of 145 countries) and is one of only four countries in the world where there are more women in the workforce than men, women in Burundi still earn on average only 83% of what men earn for the same job. Whilst this is higher than other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, it is still not equal - there is still a long way to go!
We truly believe that gender parity and equality means productivity and prosperity. We support women and girls to achieve their ambitions and foster an inclusive and flexible culture. Where you assist women in their ambitions it is not just them who benefit - it is also their families and society as a whole.
At Kaz’O’zah Art, there is no pay gap between men and women – our artisans earn a living based on their skill and their hard work, not on their gender. Women are in positions of leadership and responsibility. Not only that, we respect and value the differences of everyone we work with – no matter their gender, age, background or culture. This, for us, is truly the path to success.
We might all be different, but together we can achieve great things.
You too can make a pledge this International Women’s Day.
Go to www.internationalwomensday.com/Pledge. Everyone counts!