Why I Champion Gender Equity
Here are some reasons why I champion gender equity and why it matters.
1. To ensure equal opportunities – On the global stage, women still face discrimination that restricts their access to education, healthcare, employment, and fair wages. In many countries, traditional gender roles perpetuate the notion that women should stay at home, bear children, and remain subordinate to men. These attitudes and beliefs are not only unjust but hold back societies from achieving their full potential. By advocating for gender equity, we can ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed regardless of gender.
2. To address systemic sexism and biases – Gender equity is not just about establishing equal rights; it is also about dismantling existing biases, cultural practices, and social attitudes that hold women back. For instance, the bias against hiring women in technical or leadership positions, assumes that they lack the necessary skills or capabilities. Despite studies showing that gender-diverse teams fare better on several key performance indicators, there is still a prevalent belief that women are less competent or serious than men. Gender equity aims to correct these injustices that are often steeped in cultural traditions and norms.
3. To inspire younger generations – Promoting gender equity is an excellent way to inspire and empower the next generation of young women to dream big, challenge the status quo, and break the glass ceiling. Young girls growing up in societies where women do not have equal opportunities to men may not even be aware of their potential. Gender equity helps to re-educate them and show them that they can aspire to any career or life ambition that they choose.
4. To create a fair and more equitable society – Ultimately, promoting gender equity is about building a fair and just society. When women have equal opportunities and their rights are respected, they can contribute fully to economic, social, and political systems. A gender-equitable society is more likely to be peaceful, prosperous, and respectful of human rights.
In conclusion, the fight for gender equity is one that will not end anytime soon. We need to continuously educate ourselves, listen to women’s voices, work against unfair systems and practices, and speak up for gender equity. As gender equity champion Serena Williams said, “we must continue to dream big, encourage each other, and work together towards creating a more equal world.”