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International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day 2023

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s video 🥰🙏🏻

This years IWD theme is #EmbraceEquity

Equality versus Equity, what’s the difference? 🤔

If we give every young person in our session a bowl of ice cream 🍨 with three identical scoops and a 🥄 spoon, they may think that’s fair because everyone has been given the same thing.

But one child is allergic to dairy and can’t eat the ice cream, another child has a sore tooth and can’t eat cold foods because it hurts. Everything provided is equal, but is it fair that two of the children can’t enjoy the treat? No, but if the children are offered a different treat that doesn’t make them sick or add pain, then the situation is equitable. Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the special occasion, even when their needs are different.

To achieve a gender equal world we need to ensure that it is equitable.

We can make changes for the future through awareness and following the steps below:

* Gender sensitive means that there is an awareness of different roles, responsibilities and inequalities. This is necessary to start addressing the barriers to gender equality that hinder women’s economic empowerment.

* Gender positive means actively considering the barriers that women face and putting in the necessary effort to ensure that the respective needs of men and women are met for both to participate and benefit. This approach builds on gender sensitivity and focuses on gender equity.

* Gender transformative means that systemic change can occur through our actions - use the link at the bottom of the post for information about how you can do this at home.

At SYCP we incorporate equality in our session plans to support our children and young people to have the confidence to challenge existing gender roles, responsibilities and unequal power relations, thereby addressing root causes of gender inequality, towards gender justice.

Our Step Up Sisters programme is a female empowerment session to support young girls age 14 over to become confident and successful young women.

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