I love a good celebration. Who doesn’t?
Nearly a decade ago I worked for a settlement organisation for immigrants and refugees in Canada. Believe me when I say that they knew how to celebrate. ‘They’ were a 100-person strong staff team – most of whom were immigrants or refugees themselves at one point. With the accompanying diversity of culture and religion, alongside the usual birthdays, birth-of-a-grandchild days, and returns from vacation, suffice it to say I spent a decent portion of my time celebrating with my colleagues, or at the very least, eating (again, who doesn’t love an edible vacation souvenir)?
Whilst my workplace was multicultural, I’m fairly unicultural myself. These moments of celebration allowed me to connect with my colleagues, learn more about who they were in and outside the workplace, gain a greater understanding of other cultures and religions, and show my support.
Such is the value of inclusion.
On 8 March, International Women’s Day will celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Count me in (naturally). Count your female colleagues in. And count your male colleagues in, too.
For those who are wondering about the best way to observe the day apart from a history lecture, it should by now be clear that food is to be involved. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality – considering that the World Economic Forum estimates economic gender parity to be reached in 2133, it seems an apt theme.
The single best way to equality, in any context, is by increased mutual understanding through interaction and dialogue. A safe, non-judgmental space is needed to explore real questions and perspectives – the ones we hold that, deep down, we’re afraid to shine a light on for fear of looking ignorant at best, and being offensive at worst.
In honour of International Women’s Day, Charis will be offering a scaled-down version of its Gender Balance programme: an interactive workshop for women and men that explores the pragmatic benefits of gender parity; gender beliefs and conditioning; and the effects of so-called ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ qualities on workplace cultures and individual authenticity.
If you’re interested to learn about how Charis, and our highly skilled team with over a century of combined industry and coaching experience, can serve your company on 8 March, please do get in touch. Wishing you all the best in discussion and foodstuff on International Women’s Day.