International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place every year on 8th March. It marks the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women across the world.
This year’s theme…
There is the theme of ‘break the bias’, in which we are all encouraged to notice and challenge the unhelpful conscious and unconscious bias that can exist in workplaces and in every day life.
Whether is deliberate or not, bias and unhelpful assumptions make it difficult for women to move ahead.
There is a specific theme for 2022:
‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’.
International Women’s Day is not about man-bashing are treating anyone badly. It’s about highlighting and supporting the constructive value that we can bring and overcoming the challenges that we can face as females. It’s about collaboration rather than competition. We can get further and bring about change and successes sooner when we can work together in a supportive way.
All lived experiences and point-of-view bring value, especially when working to establish something new or improve on something that already exists. This is about allowing a multitude of viewpoints to be heard, understood and acknowledged.
If you witness unhelpful, negative biases and stereotypes be brave and call them out for what they are.
Then be ready to have a constructive conversation about them.
Article written by Emma Ross.
Emma is a CCHA tenant. She has worked as a counsellor for Mind for 7 years, and has also worked in GP surgeries for the Cardiff & Vale NHS in Ely and on an Employee Assistance Program. You can find her on social media @WorkSmartLiveHappy
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