This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias and the official United Nations theme is ‘gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.’
#BreakTheBias brings much needed focus to the societal limits that continue to be placed on women, particularly women of colour. We can all break biases down by engaging in challenging conversations that confront our own preconceived notions based on gender, race, sexuality, and ability. We know that when those most marginalized in a society have their experiences improved, the entire society benefits.
At Halton Women’s Place, we are implementing both themes in the work we do together as a staff, within our Board, our volunteers and most importantly, with – and for – the women and children we serve.
We know that gender-based violence is rooted in inequality, power, and control. We work daily on advocating for gender equality through public education, outreach, and community engagement. We recognize that when equality is absent, women and children are harmed.
Part of our commitment to #BreakTheBias has been to put an increased emphasis on learning more about diversity, equity and inclusion as an organization. With more education and awareness, we can make sure we are counting to take steps to ensure everyone at HWP – from staff to volunteers to clients, feel included and valued.
Over the last year, we have been implementing organizational practices and creating spaces that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are having important, challenging discussions about what steps need to come next. We are aware that our work is creating an accessible and equitable environment for all is ongoing.
We, as an agency, look forward to learning more and opening our minds to provide a space where all women and children feel welcome, cared for, and treated. This International Women’s Day is a powerful opportunity to drive change and to challenge how our personal biases can impact our workplaces and our relationships.
Laurie Hepburn, Executive Director, Halton Women’s Place
International Women’s Day Panel Discussion
In honour of International Women’s Day, Halton Women’s Place, The Women’s Centre and SAVIS have joined together to host a panel discussion highlighting this year’s theme, #BreakTheBias!
This Lunch-and-Learn event features three incredible panelists – bold and entertaining “Philanthro-tainer” Layne the Auctionista, motivational speaker, Talli Osborne and Burlington Fire Chief, Karen Roche. Jane Allison joins us as a moderator.
Each panelist will bring a unique perspective on how gender biases have made an impact on their life experiences. Register your spot today!