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A world with Equity - a nod to IWD 2023

International Womens Day 2023 #EmbraceEquity

Both as a human and as businesses we need to always be thinking forward and growing to enable us all to live in a better world because let's face it - this world is hard. International Womens Day this year is all about embracing Equity over Equality and I won't lie, I wasn't 100% sure what this means, so I spent some time reading all the resources and learning so I can consider how I can embrace equity even more moving forward. Let's quickly talk about Embracing Equity and what that means, the IWD explain it so well, so I'm not going to try and do better, instead, I will share a snippet from their website: "Equality is based on the belief that all people should have the same opportunities for a happy life. Equity is linked to the ideal that success is based on personal efforts and not social status.

However, ongoing conversation highlights whether equality is enough, and if instead we should look towards equity as a better principle to progress society.

Equity acknowledges that people don't begin life in the same place, and that circumstances can make it more difficult for people to achieve the same goals.

Inequity affects many people, but most commonly historically it has marginalized communities such as women, people of color, disabled people, the economically disadvantaged, and those from the LGBTQ+ community.

The goal of equity is to change systemic and structural barriers that get in the way of people's ability to thrive." Visit IWD website for more information and resources by clicking here International Womens Day [Last Accessed 7th March 2023]

As a consulting business, my mission is to change the statistics of small businesses failing and as such I want to also keep embracing change and developing. Earlier this year I changed my 1:1 offering after receiving feedback from a client and I believe it aligns really well with embracing equity by allowing more flexibility of choice to choose so I can meet you where you are at.

I am a woman and I come from an economic disadvantage - but I'm not letting it stop me. It's harder and I feel that and having family members that are disabled I see even more just how little Equity there is in this world to enable everyone to partake. This is something I am passionate about changing. With everything I do, I keep accessibility at the forefront of my mind, but I'm going to research how I can do even better moving forward with my online training and resources so every aspiring and established business owner can thrive.

My long-term mission is to be able to build a foundation that can offer mentoring and resources to people from underprivileged backgrounds so money and your past are no longer barriers to your success. I hate that I've struggled to get ahead because I haven't been able to afford to get ahead and I know there are people out there who have it much worse, and we all deserve a chance at our dreams.

So I pledge with everything I do moving forward I will keep Equity in mind and do my best to do better. I won't always get it right, none of us will but as long as we keep trying we'll find change. What will you be doing to #EmbraceEquity?

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