International Women’s Day: Eradicating Gender Inequality

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We all know that March 8th is reserved for the celebration of our women. It’s a day set aside to honor women who’ve made admirable strides in the political, economic, and social aspects of their society. It’s also a day to kick against gender inequality and sexism.

In 2020, the world celebrated with female leaders like Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, and Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, for their impressive efforts in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the world also watch with abated breaths while Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first Black and South Asain female Vice President of the United States of America.

Likewise, countries like Scotland also led the world by being the first country to allow free and universal access to menstrual products.

Promoting Inclusion and Equality

These accomplishments are examples of the great strides we have made as a society to become a more inclusive and equitable society. However, the journey is still far from finished. According to the World’s Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020, at the current rate of change, we still would not have achieved a gender-equitable society in 99.5 years. Shocking right?

How then can you make your mark to support and celebrate International Women’s Day, and speed the process of inclusion and equality in your communities?

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1. Stand for Gender Equality

A huge part of International Women’s Day is to eradicate gender inequality. Making conscious efforts to kick against this is one important way to show support to the movement. Personally, be conscious of misogynistic practices like mansplaining, inadvertent sexual harassment (real men don’t catcall anymore; get with the times), and sexist ideologies and viewpoints.

Additionally, take time to review company policies and challenge your work leaders to create an inclusive and equitable workspace. Policies that include favorable parental leave, programs to encourage women to advance to leadership positions, resolving differences in salaries between male and female workers, and having a diverse and inclusive hiring process should be promoted.

2. Support Female-Owned Businesses

Supporting female-owned businesses ensures that more women have the means to become financially stable. It also ensures that the business field is less nuanced and more diverse and inclusive, leading to a more holistic representation of goods and services. This would create a flourishing economy.

3. Key into the #ChooseToChallenge theme on social media

If you use Google Chrome, I’m sure you’ve come in contact with this year’s official International Women’s Day theme, #ChooseToChallenge. Deciding to participate in the #ChooseToChallenge social media campaign is another effective way of showing support and challenging gender inequality. All you have to do is take a picture of you raising your hand and share it on all your social media platforms with the caption #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021.

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