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An equal world is an enabled world. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

6 Mar 2020 by Andrea D'Ambrosio

“I was born in Brazil. A country with huge ethnic diversity, where work-life balance is important, people are passionate, people are emotional, politics is a mess, corruption is shocking, economic inequality, large gender gaps within the workforce and government representation are real. However, the country is egalitarian when it comes to providing education and rights for men and women. In that sense, I was lucky to be born in this country where I was given equal opportunities and equal rights. However, why should I say that I was lucky? Shouldn’t this just be “normal” and not even a topic? Why are we still fighting for equality in 2020?

I was 11 when I left Brazil and moved to a country with different beliefs and values. Unfortunately, it was where for the first time, I witness gender inequality. My mother graduated from university, worked, and was used to having her voice heard. Things changed when we moved out of Brazil; men would not shake her hand, look into her eyes and call her by her name; she was Mrs. Carlos (Carlos being my father’s first name) and the bank refused to give her a checkbook with her name on it, she had to use my father’s. This was a difficult phase for my family, but a life experience that would help shape who I am today.

During high school, I was living yet in another country and attending an international school. The Spice Girls and Girl Power were a big deal during those years!

In my adult life, I had to deal with sexism at work. However, I always felt that I could express my opinion without the fear of being shut down, and I always had the choice to walk away from people and companies that did not respect my values and beliefs. I have worked and still work with incredible people and inspirational leaders both men and women, and these are the people I choose to spend time with, and I am grateful for their respect and for everything they taught me.

I hope for a world where we have equal opportunities and equal rights. I hope for a world where my daughter and son will not have to fight for equality, they will simply have it. It is important to note that equal opportunity and equal rights do not necessarily mean equal outcomes. If people have the same opportunities and rights, regardless if they are a man or a woman, their achievements should be celebrated and not judged because of their gender.

Gender equality is in the interest of all of us. We cannot fully empower women and girls unless we engage boys and men (Michael Kimmel, 2015).

This video highlights 50 specific examples of bias in the workplace women face. Watch this video and take the first steps to fight biases.

In this TED Talk, sociologist Michael Kimmel uses data and humor to shed light on how to include and engage more men in conversations on gender equality.

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on the 8th March. This year’s campaign theme is #EachforEqual. This is an opportunity not only for us to celebrate the economic, business, social and political accomplishments of women around the world, but also a chance to examine our biases and work together to achieve gender parity.

So, in this International Women’s Day, let’s take action to create a more equal world.

I would love to know what each for equal means to you, why not add a comment and maybe even strike a pose? #EachforEqual

Andrea”

Andrea for International Womens Day 2020

Anita Sawhney: we should value and be thankful for the contribution that women and men make not only to their individual family unit, but to their community, their country and to society as a whole.  Contributions to childcare, social care, environmental care and the economy are all meaningful and which all genders participate in – let’s value the outputs on these indices and respect the people that orchestrate these.

Anita for International Womens Day 2020

Vicki Edwards: equality is being given the same rights and opportunities across genders, and no harm is done based on the things that make people different. That all genders have the right to choose whatever path they want though life, not just the path society has historically chosen for them. Collaboration is power 😊

Team for International Womens Day 2020

Natalie Frith: this image (Let Equality Bloom) is what “Each for Equal” makes me think of, and the idea of growing together as a society:

Laura Zawacki: #EachForEqual means giving credit where credit is due. #EachForEqual means that women are represented and involved at every level of an organization/community/institution. #EachForEqual means actively seeking, supporting and amplifying a variety of ideas, concerns, and needs that are representative of all genders, especially those that tend to be overlooked.

Laura for for International Womens Day 2020

JoLynn Green: The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Jen Beattie: “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men, but over themselves.”-  Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Jen for International Womens Day 2020

MJ: equality means ensuring hiring the best person for the role irrespective of gender and equally valuing their opinion.

MJ for International Womens Day 2020

Thomas Madsen: At Quadrotech we are lucky to have professional women in almost every single department, with the exception of the IT department, working in technical and non-technical roles. We have to do more both in hiring, coaching and ultimately promoting them into leading roles – it’s our responsibility to ensure equal opportunity.

Thomas for International Womens Day 2020

Thomas Madsen (CEO)

Thomas for International Womens Day 2020

Thomas Fasel (CFO)

Nigel for International Womens Day 2020

Nigel Williams (CMO)


Andrea D'Ambrosio