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