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What does #EmbracingEquity mean for you? International Women’s Day feature

This International Women’s Day, we asked members of Cripplegate Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee to share their thoughts on #EmbracingEquity.

Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. As you may have seen in the Cripplegate Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working plan, Islington Giving & Cripplegate Foundation are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion of all communities. In aiming to understand, consider and address inequities in everything we do, we strive to become an organisation that truly reflects the community.

What does #EmbracingEquity mean for you?  We asked members of the Cripplegate’s DEI committee to share their thoughts.

“Embracing equity is important to me because we must acknowledge the systemic, structural and societal inequities that different groups have been subjected to. If we want to create a fair and just world we need to embrace equity and the need to redistribute power and resources wherever we can.”

~ Jenny Kay, Nominative Member

“Embracing equity for me is about recognising, understanding, and respecting the richness of our differences.” –

~ Sarah Lee, Co-optative Member

“I believe embracing equity is about more than merely giving all a chance to speak; it is about making sure that all are heard. A broad diversity of voices and experiences enriches us all.”

~ Jop Bekink, Advisor

“In a world where women represent half of the population, women’s equality and access to human rights are key to preventing all kinds of violence against women and girls. All around the world, women face barriers to equity, from receiving equal rights to education and health services to exercising their rights and entitlements. Women and girls face domestic violence, forced marriages, child marriages, female genital mutilation, and ‘honour-based violence worldwide. UN statistics suggest 15 million girls under the age of 18 are married every year; that is 37,000 girls each day. A society where women are not free and enjoy the protection of laws and regulations cannot be free of persecution, oppression and inequalities.”

~ Nezahat Cihan, Co-Chair