MUST celebrates International Womens’ Day (IWD) 2023

March 8, 2023, is International Women’s Day. As we celebrate and commemorate allow me to highlight and share some reflections on the theme, from:

International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023 campaign theme: #EmbraceEquity

embrace – verb – ɪmˈbreɪs – to willingly and enthusiastically accept, adopt, and espouse 

Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.

A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA.

And it’s critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.

Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

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.

Give equity a huge embrace

We can all truly embrace equity. It’s not just something we say. It’s not just something we write about. It’s something we need to think about, know, and embrace.

It’s what we believe in, unconditionally. Equity means creating an inclusive world.

And we can all play a part

Each one of us can actively support and embrace equity within our own sphere of influence.

We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Collective activism is what drives change. From grassroots action to wide-scale momentum, we can all embrace equity.

Forging gender equity isn’t limited to women solely fighting the good fight. Allies are incredibly important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women.

Everyone everywhere can play a part. Collectively, we can all forge positive change.

Being included, and belonging feels good

When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and we embrace inclusion. We embrace equity to forge harmony and unity, and to help drive success for all.

Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there. Through the process of equity, we can reach equality

Embracing gender equity is the right thing to do

Don’t just say it. Think it. Be it. Do it. Value it. Truly embrace it. Embrace equity in all its forms.

How will you embrace equity?

  • Share the passion and excitement that comes from valuing and supporting difference.
  • Reflect on how we can all be part of the solution, not the problem.
  • Encourage and rally your friends, family, colleagues, and community to embrace equity.

Together we can work collectively to impact positive change.

Together we can all help forge an equal world.

Let’s all embrace equity today, and always.

Strike the #EmbraceEquity pose. Are you in? Will you embrace equity?

What is happening here at MUST?

  1. Tomorrow March 8, 2023 the MUST Debate Society and the MUST Guild will host the Western Uganda Universities Inaugural Debate Championship on the theme “Girl Child Education Today”
  2. On Saturday March 11, 2023, there will be an outreach at St. Agnes Primary School in Katete to promote menstrual hygiene by engaging the young girls in making reusable sanitary pads.
  1. Some poems will be recited by students. Please listen and vote for the best poem

All the activities to mark the International Womens’ Day 2023 will be live on EYIT TV.


Maureen Kahima

Deputy DOS/Gender Focal Person