#BreakTheBias – International Women’s Day 2022
International Women’s Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
International Women’s Day dates back to the early twentieth century, when the activities of the labour movements in North America and Europe began to reflect a growing call for women’s equal participation in society. Every year on International Women’s Day people celebrate and make visible the achievements of women while continuing the call for accelerating gender parity.
Despite improvements in some areas, the unfortunate fact is women as a group face more challenges daily when it comes to education, politics, health care and economics. Ongoing issues such as the pandemic or climate change affect women more adversely, due to the inequities women face in everyday life. More work needs to be done to achieve gender equality today to ensure a sustainable future for people of all genders.
The 2022 theme, #BreakTheBias, calls on all of us to imagine a gender equal world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. In this work that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, differences are valued and celebrated.
Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. By actively calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping, we can create a more equitable environment for all.
At HWDSB, we can help #BreakTheBias by actively identifying and naming discrimination and stereotyping each time that we see it. By calling out bias, deconstructing stereotypes and rejecting discrimination we can show our solidarity with women and encourage further people to commit to helping forge a more inclusive world.
Together, let’s pause to celebrate the gains women have made across the world. Let’s also acknowledge and address the struggles many women continue to face and how our individual actions can #BreakTheBias and help create an equitable future.
Take a moment to recognize International Women’s Day and to learn more at www.internationalwomensday.com.