Inspiring Inclusion: Celebrating International Women's Day 2024

March 13, 2024
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Happy International Women's Day!

International Women's Day 2024 brings with it a powerful and resonant theme: "Inspiring Inclusion." This theme serves as a beacon, guiding us to reflect on the progress made in women's rights and gender equality while also urging us to redouble our efforts in creating a more inclusive world for all.

In recent years, the global conversation around gender equality has gained momentum, thanks to the tireless advocacy and activism of individuals and organisations worldwide. One of the most powerful aspects of the theme is its emphasis on inspiration. It reminds us that change begins with each of us, that our actions, words, and choices have the power to inspire others and drive meaningful transformation. Whether it's through mentorship, advocacy, or simply leading by example, we all have a role to play in creating a more inclusive society.

Inspiring inclusion also means amplifying the voices and stories of women who have historically been silenced or overlooked. It means celebrating the achievements of women of colour, women with disabilities, and other marginalised groups, recognizing their unique contributions to our communities and societies.

As we commemorate International Women's Day 2024, let us draw inspiration from the trailblazers and pioneers who have paved the way for progress. Let us honour the resilience, strength, and determination of women everywhere.

As an organisation, we are reminded of the remarkable contributions of leaders like our recently passed CEO and esteemed Board member, Yvonne Witter and Audrey Adams, respectively. Yvonne's visionary leadership and dedication to inclusivity left an indelible mark on our organisation, inspiring us to strive for greater diversity and equity in all that we do. Likewise, Audrey's steadfast advocacy for inclusion has helped shape our policies and practices, ensuring that every voice, especially voices of people of all races is heard and valued.

Their legacies serve as powerful reminders of the importance of championing inclusion at every level of leadership and decision-making. As we honour their memory and celebrate their achievements, let us recommit ourselves to the ongoing work of creating a more inclusive world for all, where every individual is empowered to thrive and succeed.

As we endeavour to cultivate inclusivity, we must recognise that inspiration alone is not enough. It must be accompanied by action. This means advocating for policies that promote gender equity, dismantling discriminatory practices and structures, and fostering environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

In the workplace, inspiring inclusion means creating cultures that prioritise diversity, equity, and belonging. It means ensuring equal opportunities for advancement and leadership, addressing pay disparities, and fostering inclusive practices that accommodate the needs and experiences of all employees.

Ultimately, "Inspiring Inclusion" is not just a theme for International Women's Day – it's a call to action for every day. It's a reminder that our collective journey towards gender equality is ongoing, and that we all have a role to play in shaping a more inclusive future.

So let us be inspired – inspired to challenge the status quo, to champion diversity and inclusion, and to build a world where every woman and girl can realise her full potential. Together, let us continue the march towards a more just, equitable, and inclusive world for all.

Kewe Ndakara

Project Officer