Can you imagine a gender equal world?
By Paula De Jesus, Programs Manager / Clinical Supervisor | March 8, 2022
Can you imagine a gender equal world where women and men are regarded equally in all aspects of life? A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination? A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive where difference is valued and celebrated? This is what March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD 2022) is all about.
It is a day to recognize the outstanding achievements of women in pursuit of gender equity and inclusion and to reflect on the work we can all continue to do in the pursuit of a gender equal world.
Women have made significant contributions socially, economically, culturally and politically and inspired future generations to succeed. Presently, women around the world are playing a tremendous role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic including as front-line doctors, nurses and workers, caregivers, political and scientific leaders and helpers in their communities.
However, women and girls are also enduring the worst of the pandemic’s impact such as unemployment, loss of educational opportunities, decreased access to health care and a rise in abuse and domestic violence. Gender equality is the answer, gender bias is the problem.
Gender bias occurs when we consciously or unconsciously attribute stereotypes to what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man. It begins early in life: girls should play with dolls, boys with trucks, boys are better at math, girls at reading. It continues in adulthood: assertive women are unfeminine, women should be domestic, thin and beautiful for men. Men who spend time with family are less masculine. When we have a very rigid understanding of gender, it leads to bias when others do not conform to those rigid expectations.
Gender bias and inequality create a divide between women and men that contribute to the devaluation of women’s work, widens poverty gaps and increases violence against women and girls. Gender bias also leaves no room for those who do not conform to rigid concepts of gender such as individuals in the LGBTQ2S+ communities.
Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field
Women’s Day Campaign theme is #BreakTheBias
This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BreakTheBias. Will you actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it? Will you help break the bias?
Share your #BreakTheBias thoughts, images, videos, or presentation on social media using the BreakTheBias hashtag to demonstrate your commitment in helping to forge an inclusive world. Abrigo will be active on IWD 2022 and please tag us to let us know what you are up to.
International Women’s Day is also an opportunity to reflect on the great women in our lives and around the world who’ve truly made a difference in shaping who we’ve become.
Let’s celebrate all of the women who every single day give so much of themselves in support of their loved ones and their community. These women are the unsung heroes, the mothers, wives, daughters and professionals whose demonstrated commitment and passion change the world every day.
Happy International Women’s Day!
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