This International Women’s Day theme is #embraceequity. Embracing equity is all about going beyond what it means to be equal and giving people the tools they need to succeed. As a society, we often speak of equality and representation but they are only half the battle. Equity is not equality, and although the two are used interchangeably, equity is more about giving people what they need based on their circumstances. Gender equity is not something that would be nice to have, it’s an absolute must for a fair and just society.
Recognising the need for equity recognises and takes into account the different circumstances that we are all starting from, and gives us what we need to succeed despite those circumstances.
It’s an important cause that we must all champion and everyone can do their part to challenge this. As much as equality is important, the fight doesn’t stop there. We need to recognise that as a society, we don’t all have the same upbringing, circumstances or opportunities and embracing equity in its true meaning is the way we can combat this.
For this International Women’s Day on Voice, we look at the different intersections of being a woman and how embracing equity can benefit women and those who identify as women in all fields and circumstances.
Virginia Woolf would embrace equity feminism - by Kashmini Shah
A conversation on embracing equity with women in the academia - by Nelle Osei
Embracing the power of equity - by Mystaya Bremaud
Activist Patsy Stevenson talks violence against women and importance of equity - by Ayah Khan
The women making our society better - by Voice Collaborations
An Interview with Head Roaster at Chimney Fire Coffee - by Saskia Calliste
Visit the official website of International Women’s Day to find out more on what it means to #embraceequity and how you can get involved.
Remember, supporting women and those who identify as women is a job for us all. Every contribution whether it be online, in person, calling out discrimination or activism is a contribution towards a more fair, just and equitable society that benefits us all.