Why #EmbraceEquity Matters: Understanding the Importance of Gender Equity on International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2023 is fast approaching, and this year's campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity. The theme is a call to action to embrace and promote gender equity in all areas of society, from the workplace to education and beyond.

Equity, as opposed to equality, refers to the idea that everyone should receive what they need to succeed, rather than treating everyone the same. Equity recognizes that people come from different backgrounds and have different needs, and therefore require different support to achieve their full potential.

The #EmbraceEquity campaign aims to highlight the importance of gender equity and encourage individuals, organizations, and governments to take concrete steps to promote it. While progress has been made in recent years towards gender equality, there is still a long way to go to achieve true equity for women and girls.

The campaign emphasizes that equal opportunities are not enough, and that true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. This means addressing systemic barriers that prevent women from reaching their full potential, such as unequal pay, limited access to education and healthcare, and discrimination in the workplace.

The #EmbraceEquity campaign also calls for a recognition of the intersectionality of gender equity, acknowledging that gender discrimination intersects with other forms of discrimination, such as race, class, and sexuality. Addressing these intersecting forms of discrimination is crucial for achieving true gender equity.

This International Women's Day, let's all commit to fully #EmbraceEquity. This means challenging systemic barriers and biases, promoting inclusion and belonging, and recognising the intersectionality of gender equity. By working together, we can create a more equitable world for women and girls everywhere.

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