AUGUST is the month dedicated to the celebration and recognition of women's equality, with the 26th being Women's Equality Day, which seeks to empower women to reach their full potential and create a world where gender doesn't limit opportunities.
The day in the United States marks a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women's rights, and in this region, it has been acknowledged that a powerful force of Caribbean women is driving progress and pushing for change.
World Bank country director for the Caribbean countries Lilia Burunciuc has pointed to substantial progress in advancing gender equality in the region, even as challenges persist. But notably, she highlighted trends in gender equality in the Caribbean, to include the fact that academically, women outperform men; women are more likely to participate in the workforce; female entrepreneurship rates are comparatively high; and women's political representation has significantly improved in the Caribbean.
As we use this month to think again about how women can claim their voices, here are some ways you can make a difference this month, from life coach and actualisation specialist Yolanda Livingston.
Share your ideas, opinions, and experiences openly and confidently in both personal and professional settings.
Support other women
Encourage and uplift fellow women, promoting a sense of solidarity and empowerment.
Education and awareness
Educate yourself and others about women's rights, gender equality, and the challenges women face worldwide.
Engage in conversations
Participate in discussions about gender equality, challenging stereotypes and biases when encountered.
Advocacy and activism
Get involved in organisations and initiatives that advocate for women's rights and gender equality.
Pursue leadership opportunities at work, in the community, or in social circles to set an example for other women.
Offer mentorship to younger women, providing guidance and support to help them reach their potential.
Develop strong negotiation skills to ensure fair treatment and compensation in various aspects of life.
Challenge gender norms
Challenge societal norms and expectations that limit women's roles and opportunities.
Share your stories
Use platforms like social media, blogs, or public speaking opportunities to share personal stories that highlight the importance of women's equality.
Advocate for work-life balance policies and practices that support women in managing career and family responsibilities.