The theme of International Women’s Day 2023 is Equity. We discuss here the difference between Equity and Equality.
The fight for gender equality and equity for women has been going on for centuries, and it is still a long way from being won. Equality seeks to bring women and men to the same level, with equal rights, opportunities and treatment. Equity, on the other hand, is more concerned with fairness and justice. It looks at the individual needs of each person and works to ensure they have the same access to resources, regardless of their social status or gender.
It is often argued that equity is more beneficial to women than equality, as it is more tailored to their specific needs. In the workplace, it is important that women are given fair and equal opportunities, but this is not always enough to ensure their success. Equity can go beyond this by providing extra support, such as mentorship and training, to give women an equal chance of succeeding.
In the health care system, equity can be beneficial for women by ensuring they have access to the same quality of care as men. This includes providing an adequate number of female health care providers and ensuring that women’s health needs are taken into account. For example, research has shown that women tend to present with different symptoms for the same illnesses than men, and this could be addressed by providing gender-specific treatment plans.
Equity can provide women with the support they need to succeed in their educational pursuits. In addition to providing equal access to educational resources and opportunities, it is important to ensure that women have the same opportunity to succeed in their studies as men. This could be done by providing extra support with study materials, tutoring, and mentorship.
In the legal system, equity can be beneficial for women in terms of ensuring fair and equal treatment in court proceedings. This could include ensuring that female victims of violence are taken seriously and given the same respect and protection as male victims. It could also involve ensuring that women are provided with the same protection in the workplace as men, and that they are given equal access to justice.
Overall, it is clear that equity can be incredibly beneficial for women in many areas of life, from the workplace to the court system. By providing tailored support and creating an environment of fairness and justice, equity can ensure that women have the same opportunity for success as men.
At Hawk and Peddle, we are a female owned business and believe that every human must have the same opportunities. They should be granted the opportunity to try and succeed or even try and fail and then get back up and try again.
We encourage women across the UK who are seeking to build a business for themselves to speak with us on how we can work together. We have the platform to promote and sell your amazing creations or sources of products. We are learning every day and very excited to share what we know as you rise through your business journey. You just need to start.