March 8th: the day we celebrate International Women’s Day. A day to honour the incredible achievements of women across social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. This year’s theme, #EmbraceEquity, is all about creating a more equal and fair society for women, where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.
It’s really unfortunate in this day and age that gender inequality is still a massive issue affecting women in all areas of life, from work to personal life.
The gender pay gap, lack of representation in leadership positions, and unequal distribution of household and caregiving responsibilities are just some of the main inequalities. And it’s not just a problem for women; it has a negative impact on families, communities, and society as a whole.
Acknowledging the barriers that hold women back isn’t enough, we need to take concrete steps to address them and that means fighting against gender-based discrimination and promoting diversity and inclusivity in every aspect of life.
At work, companies can promote equity by introducing policies that support work-life balance, like flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave, and affordable childcare. They can also work to close the gender pay gap by regularly reviewing salaries and ensuring equal pay for equal work.
Governments also have a vital role to play in promoting gender equality. They can implement policies that support gender-responsive budgeting, provide access to affordable healthcare and education, and ensure equal protection under the law for women.
But just as importantly individuals can also make a difference. Challenge those gender stereotypes and biases in your daily life. Be mindful of the language you use, the media you consume, and the ways in which you interact with others, together we can help create a more equitable and inclusive society.
What will you do today to make the future better for your daughters?