International Women’s Day, annually held on the 8th March, is a global day celebrating the social, economic and cultural and political achievements of women. All Things Delicious is once again proud to be supporting International Women’s Day and recognising the importance of gender equality.
This year, the International Women’s Day 2022 Campaign Theme is #BreakTheBias which highlights the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world. An equal world that is free of bias, stereotyping and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. The United Nations also issued a 2022 Theme: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, celebrating girls and women who are leading the charge toward a more sustainable future, and climate change response efforts (link).
We spoke to women across Team Delicious to discover what this year’s theme means to them. Below are some of the responses we received.
Dewi Imelda Wadhwa, Founder & Creative Director
I define "Break The Bias" as an inclusive world without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, caste, culture, sexual preferences, or color. A world in which everyone has equal opportunities, since an equal world is an empowered world. One day, I hope there will be gender equal board rooms, gender equal governments, and gender equal representation in the workforce. In order for that to happen, more women need to be represented in schools and colleges, and more women need to have their partner support them while managing family and work.”
Wendhee Bergonia, Restaurant Manager
"International Women's Day is a time to reflect on and celebrate all the positive changes that have been made to create equality. This is a celebration of women's power, and I honestly believe that when women support each other, incredible things happen. In addition to feeling inspired and empowered, the day also serves as a reminder to my son that women matter, women are important and that women deserve recognition and he should always consider everyone's character and abilities without succumbing to the narrow definitions of women that we may have been exposed to as children.”
Shafeeqah Rafik, Digital Content Creator Executive
“This year’s theme is especially powerful because “BreakTheBias” is something that everyone can participate in to act, improve opportunities and rebuild post-pandemic workplaces without bias for the benefit of everyone. The first step is to simply acknowledge bias and to address that bias. It is only once we acknowledge it that we can build a more conscious mindset; which is so vital to building a more sustainable, responsible and successful business.”
Elaine Lim, Marketing and Business Development Executive
The #BreakTheBias theme is important for me because it reiterates the importance of creating a more inclusive and gender-equitable society. Generally, it is important to note that in order to break it, it is not the responsibility of one group or person. We ALL have a role to play in creating a fair and equal society and provide women the opportunity to look at what they can offer in business and society as a whole. Great strides have been made in recent years but there is still a long way to go and IWD is no doubt a great reminder of this.
Warina a/p Eh Chan, Chef De Partie
“I am excited about this year’s theme. It’s about recognizing the beauty in individuality and working in an environment without barriers in regards to gender, race, ethnicity, physical abilities; allowing individuals to have access to all opportunities and an equal voice in the workplace. So go ahead and be courageous, be bold and don’t wait for permission from others. Don't be scared to take your seat at the table.”
We hope that sharing some of our responses will spark meaningful conversations, raise awareness about gender discrimination, and embrace the differences that make each woman unique. There’s a lot to do but in the simple words of Rosie the Riveter “we can do it!”.