This year’s theme for International Women’s Day was #EmbraceEquity. However, it’s not enough to simply embrace the principle, businesses need to build equity into the fabric of their organisations, and the literal structure of their space can be a defining part of that process.
International Women’s Day said:
“The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.”
When it comes to women in the workplace we can’t simply look at what makes people the same, but what makes them different, and create environments that support individual needs. That might mean creating work environments that support wellbeing needs at different life stages, whether it be pregnancy or menopause, so companies don’t lose valuable talent.
As the World Economic Forum described it:
“Equality emphasises that every employee gets treated the same, while equity leads to results that lean towards the different needs of everyone.”
For our own part, we’re proud to have and support strong, empowering, talented women within our team at Maris and amongst our clients.
As our Office Manager, Nadia Georgiou put it:
“This year, the International Women’s Day theme is ‘Embrace Equity’. Recognising both social and professional imbalances that people face in day-to-day life is something we can all participate in; creating space for open and constructive conversations around how we can best facilitate changes that will make for a more thoughtful and conducive environment.
Thank you to Maris Interiors LLP and all the brilliant people who helped make this happen Claire W. Meera Patel Neil O’Keeffe.”