Today March 8th marks International Women’s Day! A day we celebrate and honour the accomplishments and contributions of women; our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, colleagues, mentors, and friends. Women whose voices and actions have impacted science, education, research, health and social care, spirituality, justice systems, politics, business, economy, environmental issues, humanitarianism, and philanthropy, to mention a few.
Can you 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. A world where we see each other through the eyes of grace and love, willing to sacrifice and walk humbly amongst our neighbours. A world that lifts people up and believes and hopes for the best for each other. A safe world, absent of violence, child soldiers/labour and child brides, with open doors for women and children to education, justice, and health care. I can imagine it. We are standing on the shoulders of many women who imagined it and believed it, and we too still have work to do. We will be the shoulders for the next generation of women.
At Emily’s House and PAC, we want to nurture an atmosphere where everyone has a voice, feels included, and that they belong. I believe when we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and we embrace inclusion. When we embrace equity, we forge harmony and unity, and help to drive success for all. Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there.
Thank you to the caring and committed women of PAC and EH who share their skills, strengths, talents, and compassion tirelessly. Your contributions, inspiration and impact are making the world a better place. Your shoulders will be strong enough for the next generation.
CEO and Founder of Emily’s House
CEO of Philip Aziz Centre