INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2023 | #EMBRACEEQUITY
Why do you think diversity and inclusion in the workplace is so important? I think there is overwhelming pressure on businesses and culture to be diverse and inclusive. While it is extremely important for people to feel included, it is also important that we acknowledge that we can not be everything to everyone, and that is okay. We are all different with varying values, beliefs and cultures that require varying degrees of support to feel included. Through this lens of community, we can deeply support each other depending on the need of that community. As our business is based in a developing country, my need to support inclusion is framed more toward women and men being given the opportunities to support their families through education and fair wage opportunities. When we shift our lens of inclusion to support our localised communities, we are able to tailor what is needed for that community to feel supported and cared for.
What is one small act each of us can do that supports the IWD 2023 theme #EmbraceEquity? I believe if we each take the time to reflect on how we are interacting with and supporting our communities, we are able to see what is needed or what is lacking. This could be as small as your friendship group, our workplace or the wider community. Knowing what your friends or neighbour need and supporting that is #EmbraceEquity.
If you could have dinner with an inspirational woman, dead or alive, who would they be and why? It has been almost 5 months since I have seen my dearest friends and sisters. To be held by my sisterhood this weekend over dinner and good wine would be a dream.