International Women's Day

Our digest commemorating gender equity

Embracing equity

On 8 March, International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide. The theme for this year is 'Embracing Equity'. 

Why equity?
Why the call for equity? 'Equity' and 'equality' are often used interchangeably when discussing women's rights. The two words may sound similar, but they have distinct meanings. So what's the fuss — aren't equity and equality both crucial measures to achieve?

Equality ensures everyone gets the same resources and opportunities, regardless of gender. However, equity identifies individuals with different circumstances who need a fair distribution of resources, opportunities and benefits so they can overcome historical and systemic barriers to achieving gender equality. From this lens, equity ensures that we can reach parity.

Join us in celebrating International Women's Day by checking out our digest below, which presents diverse content engaging with gender equity. 

Gabriela Anderson
Gabriela Anderson
Gabriela Anderson

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Professional indigenous women acting to transform urban spaces in Mexico

Azucena Gollaz and Marina Cadaval

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Hands with seeds
Seedkeepers fighting food colonisation

Leila Rezvani

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Revolution and music: women singing out in Sudan

Katarzyna Grabska and Azza Ahmed A. Aziz

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Why gender matters to social movements

Stacey Scriver and G. Honor Fagan

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Check out these GlobalISSues podcast episodes

Gabriela Anderson

Episode 6 - Strength to strength: Celebrating International Women's Day

How do women at ISS define what it means to be a strong woman? How do they understand strength? Does it symbolize having it all? In the sixth Global ISSues podcast episode, host Surabhi Srivastava helps guests unpack the tropes, narratives and conceptions of women's strength. 

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Gayatri Malhotra

Episode 7 - Reproductive rights are human rights

Is the threat to safe, legal abortions in the United States a concern for reproductive justice worldwide?In the seventh Global ISSues podcast episode, host Surabhi Srivastava welcomes guests to the mic to dive deep into their thoughts on abortion rights.

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Let's embrace equity together

'On this day, I am aware of how proud I feel of the women in my family and how much they have accomplished throughout the last four generations. It's also a reminder that our rights and development are not a given for all women and we should continue our efforts.'

Feroza Tedja

Coordinator PhD office, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

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