As international Women’s Day was coming around again, I thought I’d have a look into what this year’s theme is, which is #EmbraceEquity.
I can’t say I totally understood the theme at first, especially compared to last year’s theme which we speak about here, and it took a bit of reading and research, which of course is all available on the IWD website.
“The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren't enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action… Equity means creating an inclusive world.
•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.”
Equality focuses on providing all genders with equal opportunities, such as a woman’s right to vote, however the process gender equity would mean that policies that benefit a white woman, may not benefit a woman of colour for example.
I find this year’s theme moving from equality to equity interesting, as gender equity must be just as important for males as well as women.
Tor Newcomb, Senior Consultant explains brilliantly how MorePeople ensure equity across everyone to succeed in their role here, but also how we adapt to our differing clients and candidates;
“The theme this year of being equity rather than equality is key within this day and age and something we are continually trying to change on a personal to business level. Within MorePeople, some people come from the food and farming industry and some have no knowledge of it. It’s about providing the right tools so everyone in the workplace can thrive and adapting them tools and training to what each individual needs. People of different ages and gender join our team, and we continually try to adapt to suit their specific needs and knowledge to ensure everyone has a fair growth within the company, overcoming obstacles along the way. Within my work, this means tailoring preparation and feedback to wherever that individual may need support, I work with a range of specialists to graduates, and its ensuring that everyone has a fair chance within that process. Within my own experience. Equity means the future for everyone to be successful in what they do, however that may look.”
As the MorePeople team is growing, it’s great to see the women of the team growing in numbers as well!