International Women’s Day 2022
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year, but have you stopped lately to think about why this is so important? It is for us to imagine a world where all genders are equal; a world that is inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible; a world that is free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. If we can collectively imagine a world like this, then we will #BreakTheBias.
This year, we want to share with you some meaningful resources that will hopefully challenge you, regardless of your gender identity to #BreakTheBias.
More than 70% of women dominate the philanthropic sector, but it is disproportionately not women-led.
Liz LeClair, CFRE sheds some more light on this inequality issue in her article, Celebrating Women, Implementing Change and tells us how the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the inequities women face at work and at home.
Comfort is overrated because being quiet is comfortable.
“Keeping things the way they’ve been is comfortable and all that comfort has done is to maintain the status quo.” These are the words of Luvvie Jones in her Ted Talk that encourages all of us to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. To put it another way, Jones challenges us to get comfortable with being the first domino to create a ripple effect. When you see gender inequality or discrimination, speak up and together we can #BreakTheBias.
Women’s Voices – Stories about working in Ontario’s nonprofit sector.
In case you haven’t already seen it, the Ontario Non-Profit Network (ONN) published an insightful report that highlights the fact that challenges women face in the broader labour market manifest in the non-profit sector too. Read the report here.
Achieving gender parity in government, health care, workplaces, media coverage, sports, and fundraising starts with each of us using our voices, privilege, influence, and power to challenge the status quo. That is why recognizing and celebrating women for their contributions and impacts to society should not be limited to one day.
To our men: We hope you will challenge yourselves to unsparingly speak up when you observe gender bias and think of other ways you can help to disrupt the status quo.
From all of us at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, Happy International Women’s Day. Let’s all work consciously together to #BreakTheBias.