'A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge.'
For this Women's Day, we #ChooseToChallenge the gender bias that is still very much alive and thriving. #IWD2021 has started something we all have an obligation to carry on- women, men, non-binary, and non-conformist groups around the world are holding their hand up in support, agreeing to call out gender bias anywhere and everywhere it lives.
So, come and jump on the trend and show your support with Stitcht. We've kickstarted a reel with a few members of our team holding up their hands in support, but we need YOU to carry it on!
Whilst this trend is a testament to how much we are willing to fight for equality, we need to do more. From tiny little comments in the workplace that have long since been argued with 'its just a joke', to the 6.5% gender pay gap, you must call it out.
If it makes you uncomfortable, or if you can see it has made someone else uncomfortable, you have a duty to stop it and say something. Do not listen to the people who say you are 'over-critical' or 'hyper-sensitive'; they are feeding off the narratives which still promote women as lesser to men. And those narratives need to be taken down. We are now in 2021, so let's keep pushing until these ideas are out for good.
In fact, every time you call someone out, you are saying, "you know what, no. I don't want to feed these ideas anymore. I want to change them." And so, every time you call out the smallest comment, you are participating in the creation of a world where women don't have to feel small, where our daughters have free speech, and where everyone fundamentally believes that 'women belong in all places where decisions are being made'.
Indeed are doing a talk today 1:30 if you wanted to check it out. Just click on this link to hear their discussion and opinion on the gender pay gap and its role in their company.
We won't be silenced. Not anymore. So, jump on Stitcht and help perpetuate the idea that 'women don't need to find a voice, they have a voice, they need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.'