What is equity?
Equity is different to equality:
“Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there.
Through the process of equity, we can reach equality.”
Equity, as a principle, acknowledges that people don’t all begin life in the same place. For some people, equal opportunities aren’t enough and circumstances can make it difficult for people to achieve the same goals.
“Equality is giving everyone a shoe. Equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits.”
Why do we need equity?
“Inequity affects many people, but most commonly historically it has marginalised communities such as women, people of colour, disabled people, the economically disadvantaged, and those from the LGBTQ+ community.
Gender is intersectional, and women as a group are truly diverse. Policies that benefit white women, for example, may not benefit women of colour due to historical or current inequalities. A shift from gender equality to the process of gender equity is required for meaningful progress.
The goal of equity is to change systemic and structural barriers that get in the way of people's ability to thrive.”
- source International Women’s Day
How are we going to get involved?
There are so many ways you can get involved with International Women’s Day, even just being a part of the conversation. For us at MAGNITONE, we’ll be talking about what we know best - skin.
Discrimination against skin is something that we deal with on a daily basis. And we’re not just talking about skin colour, but skin condition and we choose to present ourselves to the world.
Have you ever been told you look tired or ill, simply because you’re not wearing makeup? Do you feel you have to wear makeup to be taken seriously? But not too much makeup… god, it’s a minefield!
How about spots, blemishes, acne? Being judged on a daily basis about something you can’t control? That you’re dirty or lazy.
Or those dreaded signs of ageing, especially if you’re a woman. Grey hair, lines, wrinkles, sagging skin. How dare women grow old gracefully?!
We want to tackle skin inequality. And, in order to get there, we need to #EmbraceEquity and examine the challenges real people face on a daily basis. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. How can we create a world where all skin is celebrated?
For more information, visit internationalwomensday.com
IMAGE CREDIT: International Women’s Day