International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where an individual’s difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.
This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. Embracing equity can be a complex topic, and there’s a lot to learn. Understanding the difference between equity and equality is a good place to start.
“Equity acknowledges that everyone does not have the same starting point by virtue of differences in economic starting points, in educational starting points, and in relational starting points. There are some who have an advantage over others, and so equity acknowledges that and says instead we treat people based on their individual needs with a view to creating equal outcomes.”
The aim of this year’s IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.
True belonging is a function of courage and vulnerability. Being who we are is about making brave choices. All day long. Every. Single. Day.
My call to action for all women today on #IWD2023, and every day, is to show up. Show up as YOURSELF, your unique self. Because, everything that makes you YOU are your strengths, your talents, your life story -and this is your superpower.
You may or may not get “invited” to the table, or to the conversation, but show up anyway.
Grab your seat, use your voice (regardless of the anxiety moving up your body and the sweaty face) – speak up, show up, and be YOU.
Because YOU belong. We all belong.
We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Being included, and having a sense of belonging, feels right.
When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and thus – we embrace inclusion.
We embrace inclusion – we create harmony and unity, and help drive success for all.
Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there – through the process of equity, we can reach equality.
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