March also saw the return of International Women’s day. Now, well into its centenary, the day serves as a reminder of how far women have come in achieving equality whilst highlighting the imparities that still exist across the globe. In the Western world we are often dismissive of the impact of gender bias yet the figures speak for themselves. As The Independent highlights only ‘15 per cent of directorships on FTSE 100 boards’ are held by women. However, as diminutive as the figure may sound, it signals a steady increase of 3% since 2008. Hopefully, the inclusion of more women into higher profile roles will inspire all workplaces to lift the glass ceiling and allow for career progression based on individual merit rather than gender.
And finally, always ones to enjoy spinning a good yarn, we here at Lles Cymru have been greatly amused by the recent trend of ‘yarnstorming’. Cities and high streets across the UK have become awash with garlands of knitted figures and display pieces. Often appearing in the dead of the night, the knitted figures are causing quite a stir amongst local residents as they try to unravel the mystery of how they got there. London based collective, Knit the City, are largely accredited with starting the trend in the capital but it appears that the trend is ‘casting on’ across the country with the most recent spectacular display of knitting wizardry, a wooly celebration of the 2012 Olympics, being found running along Saltburn pier. Though it would be easy to dismiss the trend as a bit of frivolous fun, it does provide a new and novel way of encouraging people and communities to engage with their surroundings and take notice of the world around them. And that, darn it, is no mean feat.
Author: Wellbeing Wales