International Women's Day (IWD) is an important day in the global calendar that celebrates the achievements of women, this year in 2023 the theme is #EmbraceEquity: A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA.
The day is there to recognise the progress made in achieving gender equality and to create greater awareness of the need for further change. IWD is celebrated in many countries, where events are held to honour and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day has grown in significance over the years and has become an important tool for raising awareness of the gender gap and the need for greater gender equality.
Equity means creating an inclusive world where everyone has the same opportunities and access to resources regardless of gender, race, religion, or other factors. Gender equity is an essential part of achieving gender equality and is a key factor in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global initiatives.
To create a world of equity, we must first acknowledge the unique challenges and obstacles that women face. Women are underrepresented in leadership positions, earn less than men for the same work, and are more likely to face violence and discrimination. In order to create a more equitable world, we must work to dismantle these systems and create new ones that are more inclusive. This includes ensuring that women have access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities, and that their voices are heard in decision-making. It also means creating an environment where everyone has access to political and legal representation and has a say in how public policies are formulated and implemented.
Wǒ continues to be proud to be female of colour founded with a majority female workforce. International Women’s Day is an important reminder of the need to create a more equitable world. We must work to create a world where everyone has the same opportunities, access to resources, and respect regardless of gender. We must also recognise that the achievement of gender equality is not just a women’s issue, but a global issue that requires all of us to work together in order to create a more equitable and inclusive world.