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Aldingbourne Trust joins the global celebration of the #IWD2023 campaign #EmbraceEquity, which aims to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren't enough and why true inclusion and belonging require equitable action!
What's the difference between equality and equity, you ask? While the two terms are often used interchangeably, they have different meanings. Equality refers to treating everyone the same and providing equal opportunities. However, this approach assumes that everyone starts from the same place and has the exact same needs, which isn't true and demonstrates that more than 'equal opportunities' is needed. In contrast, equity ensures everyone has what they need to succeed, regardless of their starting point. It acknowledges that some people face additional barriers and need extra support to overcome them. With equity, we can truly reach equality!
We recognize that women and other marginalized groups face additional barriers and challenges that require equitable action to overcome. Our diverse workforce reflects our passion for social justice and commitment to equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender identity or expression. Only by working together can we create a world where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and succeed.
Not just today but every day, give equity a warm embrace! Each of us has a responsibility to challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. How will you embrace equity?
Written by Lizzie Williams