Equality versus Equity: What’s the difference as we #EmbraceEquity for IWD 2023 and beyond?
The words equity and equality are often used interchangeably.
Etymologically, the root word they share is aequus, meaning “even” or “fair” or “equal” – which led to equity being from the Latin aequitas, and equality from aequalitas. Yet, despite these similarities, equity and equality are inherently different concepts, and the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to help forge worldwide conversation about this important issue and its impact.
So, what’s the difference between equityand equality – and why is it important to understand, acknowledge and value this?
The IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to get the world talking about why “equal opportunities are no longer enough” – and can in fact be exclusionary, rather than inclusive.
Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity. Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness about discrimination. Take action to drive gender parity.
What a fun day! The Kingston Skating Academy presented an amazing figure skating demonstration. Thank you Sharon Nixon and all of the skaters. Team Steve Clark (Our MPP and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing) and Team Rick Smith (former Boston Bruins and huge supporter of all things hockey in Westport including the Shinny program) provided support to the U7 scrimmage game. Lots of prizes given to those for best costumes and joining the 3:00 – 4:00 free skate, with live music from Eric Uren. Tug of war competitions gave everyone a chance to “pull” and others to test their skill at nail driving. Special thanks to the Westport Station fire fighters for their participation today.
Thank you FOTA (FRIENDS OF ARENA) for organizing such a great family day for the community. Special mention to Barry Card, Steve Merkley, Ami Carty, Bob Scott and all of the volunteers who worked to make this day so much fun. And to the community members who joined the Westport Family Day, thank you – we are stronger together.
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