Why it’s Vital to Celebrate Women Every Day
Do you celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th every year?
Perhaps it is Global Goal 5: Gender Equality that offers one of the biggest opportunities for this to happen. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets are interconnected, and there is a lot of potential for cross-pollination.
If we want to move forward together, we can’t leave half of the population behind. If we neglect to embrace and empower females across the globe, we are at risk of doing just that. March 8th brings the issue of equality to the forefront and gives the globe a chance to celebrate the progress to date.
Gender equality isn’t a two-sided issue though. It is very profound, and we need to look at a situation as a whole rather than just one side, or the other. If we are choosing a woman over a man – or vice versa – simply because of their gender, we end up selling ourselves short. We need to look at a person, not their gender, colour, race, culture, or any other attribute that makes us different from one and other.
There are two candidates for a position that has been historically filled by men. The final interview comes around and two applicants are left standing, a woman, and a man. While the man has great qualifications and a well-known family tree, his contributions are limited to completing tasks that have been done in the past, executed to perfection.
The woman has her Masters instead of a Ph.D., and the interviewers have a hard time pronouncing her last name. However, when she talks about her innovative ideas, she lights up with passion, and it’s contagious.
Even though a man has historically filled the position, and is better qualified on paper, the woman is the better candidate to initiate change and progress strategically in an ever-changing marketplace.
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