International Women’s Day 2023: #EmbraceEquity

Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every organisation’s DNA.

HVIA is celebrating International Women’s Day and we are exploring how we can embrace the 2023 theme: Embrace Equity.

We invite and encourage our members to do the same.

Each one of us can actively support and embrace equity within our own sphere of influence. We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion.  

It’s critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.

Despite their similarities, equity and equality are inherently different concepts, and the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to help forge a conversation about this important issue and its impact.  

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.

Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

Equity can be defined as giving everyone what they need to be successful. In other words, it’s not giving everyone the exact same thing. If we give everyone the exact same thing, expecting that will make people equal, it assumes that everyone started out in the same place – and this can be vastly inaccurate because everyone isn’t the same.

The concept of ‘fairness’ can get tricky as it’s often assumed that ‘being fair’ means that everybody gets the same thing. Often, this has been taught when we were growing up, but ‘fairness‘ really only works when we’re all the same to start out with. 

People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. If we truly believe in, value and embrace equity, then women are more likely to have access to what’s required to succeed. So on IWD engage in those impactful conversations. Raise awareness. Help forge positive change for women.


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