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International Women's Day

Updated: May 25, 2023

Wednesday, 8 March 2023: Embrace Equity

International Women's Day

International Women's Day started in America in 1909, the year after 15,000 women marched through New York City demonstrating for better working conditions, the right to vote and an end to discrimination.

What is International Women's Day?

International Women’s Day is celebrated annual to honour women around the world and their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.

International Women's Day promotes gender equality and women's rights, and has a different theme each year to reflect the issues women face, at that time, including:

  • 2021 - Women in Leadership, achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

  • 2022 - Choose to Challenge, highlighting the importance of challenging gender biases and inequality

  • 2023 - Embrace Equity, equity isn't just a nice-to-have; it's a requirement

What does equity mean?

Whilst equality is generally understood and recognised in many organisation, equity is a slightly different concept. Equity means that everyone's situation is different and they require their own unique support and opportunities to achieve an equal outcome to others.

How does an employer achieve equity?

To achieve equity in the workplace an employer must aim to create a workplace where all employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their full potential. Employers can start by understanding how they can provide tailor-made support for all employees, which will allow everyone the same access to training, professional development and career progression.

By promoting inclusivity, equitable opportunities and fair treatment, employers can help to create a workplace culture that supports gender equality and benefits everyone. Implementing these inclusive policies will also help to create a culture where all employees feel supported and comfortable raising issues they have at work and discussing how problems can be resolved. Understanding these problems and listening to ideas employees have for change, will enable employers to continually make improvements.

Policies such as harassment and discrimination should also be implemented to ensure all employees are aware of their rights, together with inclusive policies such as equal pay, flexible working arrangements, subsidised childcare, enhanced family-related leave and mental health support. To ensure these policies are implemented properly and understood by all, employers should consider supporting these with relevant training.

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