In a month which has seen the continued Russian invasion of Ukraine, I have been anxiously watching the news of the unfurling events – mindful of the disturbing images the world has seen, I would like to mention International Women’s Day.

First-off, I should admit that the day concerned was on March the 8th and not the 15th (the day I am writing this).  Secondly, when we try to imagine a world ‘that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive’, to my mind at least, the ongoing events in Western Europe surely show that this is far from true. 

However, every journey must start with the first step, I have been looking at the 2022 theme for International Women’s Day of #BreakTheBias – a theme which encourages us (society as a whole) to:

  • Imagine a gender equal world.
  • A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
  • A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
  • A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
  • Together we can forge women’s equality.
  • Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Although IWD is celebrated every year on March the 8th, surely it stands to reason that any celebration of equality and the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women should not be confined to a single day.

From a global perspective, we live on a world occupied by many peoples and cultures, something which should not be forgotten, and it is with this in mind that (I believe) the first step towards equality is education and communication – something which we could all benefit from, regardless of gender.

Take a look at the photograph accompanying this blog post, look into her eyes and think about what you see…

For those eager to become involved with IWD, or learn more about their partners, you will find out how at their website.