We sat down with our new Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), Hiran Odedra who explains why the day and the theme are so crucial to our Team’s future.
Why is recognising International Women's Day so important?
Having worked in STEM for a number of years, International Women’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. It gives us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our amazing Team and the progress we have made in attracting and recruiting more women in to motorsport roles. Seeing women working within our Team and our sport is inspiring for younger generations to show them what is possible in the future and what can be achieved. It’s also important to acknowledge that there is more to be done to achieve gender equality in society, so we need to continue to raise awareness of these important issues.
This year's theme is Embrace Equity. How do the differences between Equity and Equality relate to our Team?
The IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to get the world talking about why "equal opportunities are no longer enough". The terms equity and equality are often used interchangeably, but their meaning is very different and our Team, along with many other organisations, are realising they need to move towards equity rather than focus on equality.
Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. It aims to promote fairness based on the premise that everyone is at a particular starting point and should be treated the same.
Equity acknowledges that everyone isn’t at that same starting point. Equity can be defined as giving everyone what they need to be successful, it's not giving everyone the exact same thing. If we give everyone the exact same thing, expecting that will make people equal, it assumes that everyone started out in the same place - and this can be vastly inaccurate.
Equity goes beyond that and really acknowledges difference and how to harness that difference to get the best out of people and help them fulfil their potential.