International Women’s Day 2023 theme is #EmbraceEquity
Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.
International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is also a call to action through events large and small focusing on equality. It aims to support the gains women have made while noting how much farther women have to go.
Equity is not just a “nice-to-have,” but a necessity for building a fair and just society. It requires recognizing and addressing the historical and ongoing disparities that exist between men and women, particularly for those who face multiple forms of discrimination and marginalization.
International Women’s Day is a crucial annual event that highlights the struggle for gender equality worldwide. Some people argue that this day is unnecessary, or that it is even divisive. However, here are a few points of view that can further validate the importance of International Women’s Day:
- Women continue to face discrimination and inequality globally.
Despite the progress made in women’s rights in recent years, women still face discrimination, violence, and inequality in many parts of the world. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress that has been made, while also highlighting the areas where more work needs to be done to achieve gender equality.
- Women’s contributions to society are often overlooked or undervalued.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions that women have made to society, including in areas such as science, politics, business, and culture. It’s a chance to recognize the important role that women play in shaping our world and to push for greater recognition and support for their work.
- International Women’s Day is a platform for advocacy and action.
International Women’s Day is not just a symbolic event – it’s also a chance for individuals, organizations, and governments to take concrete steps towards achieving gender equality. This can include lobbying for policy changes, supporting women’s organizations, or advocating for women’s rights in your community.
- International Women’s Day is a reminder that gender equality benefits everyone.
Finally, International Women’s Day is a reminder that gender equality is not just about advancing the rights of women – it’s about creating a fairer and more just society for everyone. When women are empowered, everyone benefits – whether through greater economic prosperity, improved health outcomes, or a more peaceful and stable world.
By embracing equity, we acknowledge that women have unique experiences and challenges that must be addressed through targeted and intentional actions. This includes addressing issues such as the gender pay gap, unequal access to education and healthcare, and gender-based violence and discrimination.
To achieve equity, we must work to dismantle the patriarchal systems that perpetuate gender inequality and prioritize the needs and perspectives of women in decision-making processes. This requires the involvement and commitment of individuals, organizations, and governments at all levels.
On International Women’s Day 2023, let us all commit to embracing equity and working towards a world where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and reach her full potential. Let us continue to challenge gender biases and stereotypes, and create equitable systems that prioritize the needs and perspectives of women. Together, we can build a world that is more just, equitable, and inclusive for all.
The first women’s day was observed in February 1909 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding improved pay, shorter hours and voting rights. Women can vote, yet many across the world are still struggling for basic things, like safety, health care, and human rights.
Women straddle two worlds if they want to have it all – be primary caregivers at home as well as professionals. They do all the housework, look after children and also work to break the glass ceiling. It is tough and unreasonable, but this is the step to changing the world order. Bridging the old and new till we step completely into a whole new world of true gender equality.
Together we have the power to make a positive difference to the world around us. Initiate and empower change where needed most and that is in how women are treated and respected in all of society. It’s time to encourage and challenge women to take center stage and claim their role in building a better nation and a better world.
So, what else can you do? As women be kind, be generous, be supportive and celebrate the people in your lives that have empowered and supported you. Go out of your way to find women that are achieving in all walks of life and share their story. Be strong, Speak up and demand respect, and support the rights of women.
Together we can forge women’s equality.