Celebrating International Women's' Day
Posted on 8th March 2023 at 09:28
International Women’s Day 2023: Embrace Equity
Wednesday 8 March 2023 is International Women’s Day: this is celebrated annually and is regarded as one of the most important days of the year for recognising the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It is a day to honour the contributions of women, as well as to advocate for gender equality and women's rights. We are celebrating the achievements of our own team, and the men and women around us striving for equity. But what does this really mean?
We talk a lot about equal rights, equality is about treating everyone the same, giving them the same resources and opportunities, regardless of their individual needs or circumstances. Equity recognises that everyone's situation is unique, and is about ensuring that everyone has the resources and opportunities they need to succeed, taking into account their individual needs and circumstances.
What can you do as an employer?
As an employer, there are several ways you can embrace equity in the workplace and create a culture of inclusivity, where all employees feel valued and supported. Here are some ideas:
1. Equitable opportunities: ensure that all employees, regardless of sex, race, age, or any other protected characteristic are given support based on their needs, to access opportunities for career development
2. Inclusive policies: develop policies and procedures that promote inclusivity, such as diversity and inclusion training and flexible working.
3. Fair pay practices: regularly review what you pay your employees, including gender pay gap reporting, to ensure employees are paid fairly for their work, regardless of their sex or other characteristics.
4. Supportive culture: create a culture of support and inclusivity, where employees feel comfortable sharing their experiences and challenges, and where everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas and perspectives.
5. Work-life balance support: offer resources and support for employees to achieve work-life balance, such as enhanced family-related leave, and mental health support.
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