We are supporting International Women’s Day – 8th March 2023
This year’s theme is “Embrace Equity“, with the aim of the campaign being to get people talking about why equal opportunities are no longer enough, and can actually lead to exclusion, so equity is becoming more important.
Let’s start by looking at the definitions of equality and equity, as although they are often interchanged, they do mean 2 different things:
Equality – An individual, group or organisation are all given the same resources and opportunities
Equity – Based on the person’s circumstances, resources are allocated to each person to reach an equal outcome
See the below explanation from YouTuber Tamara Makoni, founder of Kazuri Consulting as she clearly explains the difference between equality and equity – and why it matters for us all to embrace equity.
Tamara’s example uses giving food to 2 children. Equality would suggest that each child would be given the exact same food; but equity would recognise that one child may have food allergies so they would require something different. It is still fair to give the children 2 different pieces of food as their hunger will be satisfied; their food does not have to be equal.