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International Women’s Day and Gender Equality

International Women’s Day 2023 is a special day that recognizes and celebrates women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements worldwide. This special day is celebrated annually on March 8th, and it’s a day to honor the progress that has been made towards gender equality and to raise awareness about the issues that still need to be addressed to achieve a truly equal society.

International Women’s Day 2023: #EmbraceEquity

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EmbraceEquity. It calls on us to recognize and celebrate the progress made towards gender equality and to take action to ensure that all individuals, regardless of gender, have the same opportunities and access to resources. 

This year, let’s embrace equity by supporting initiatives that promote gender equality, eliminate gender-based discrimination, and tackle the issues that prevent true equity. Let’s join together and work towards a future where everyone has the same opportunities and access to resources.

How Will You Embrace Equity?

There are many ways to embrace equity on International Women’s Day 2023. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Educate yourself and others about gender equality and the issues that must be addressed to achieve accurate equity.
  1. Support initiatives that promote gender equality and eliminate gender-based discrimination.
  1. Advocate for equal pay and access to resources for all genders.
  1. Encourage young people to take part in activities that promote gender equality.
  1. Participate in events and activities that celebrate female achievements.
  1. Donate to organizations that are working to advance gender equality.
  1. Speak out against gender-based violence and harassment.
  1. Use your voice to help create a more equitable society.

DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality

We rely heavily on technology to get through our daily lives. We use it for activities such as taking classes, communicating with family and friends, transferring money, and booking medical appointments. All of these activities are now conducted primarily online.

Despite making up nearly half of the world’s population, women are lagging behind men regarding internet access. Currently, 37% of women have no access to the World Wide Web, compared to the significantly smaller 24% of men. This means that 259 million more men than women have access to the internet, creating a digital gender gap.

Without access to the Internet and a safe online environment, women are missing out on the chance to develop the digital skills they need to build successful careers in STEM-related fields. 

By 2050, a huge majority of job opportunities will be in areas such as artificial intelligence, and right now, women are drastically underrepresented in these areas. Giving women the resources they need to become digitally literate and safe online is essential if we want to create a more equitable and diverse workforce by the year 2050.

When women are included in the technology field, there is an increased potential for developing innovative solutions that address and fulfill the needs of women while also fostering gender equality. On the other hand, not including women in this realm carries a significant price.

To Sum Up

International Women’s Day 2023 is a special day that celebrates the important contributions of women to society. It is a day that reinforces the importance of gender parity and women’s rights, and gives us an opportunity to reflect on the progress made since the first International Women’s Day in 1911. 

As we move forward, it is important to continue to strive for greater gender equality and to remember that there is still much work to be done to achieve true parity. On this day, we can take a moment to recognize and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of women, both past and present.

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We at Virtuous Circle Counselling acknowledge Moh’kinstsis, the lands where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, in what we currently call Calgary. We acknowledge that we are visitors on Moh’kinsstis and acknowledge the Blackfoot are those who named this area as Moh’kinsstis. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize the ancestral territories, cultures, and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Îyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Dene people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.