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As we usher in another International Women’s Day, it is with great enthusiasm and a sense of collective purpose that we come together to celebrate the incredible achievements, resilience, and strength of women around the world. Today is not just a date on the calendar; it’s a reminder to reflect on the progress made, honor the women who paved the way, and renew our commitment to creating a future where every woman’s potential knows no bounds.

This International Women’s Day holds a special place in our hearts as it prompts us to consider the transformative power of inclusion. As we navigate through our unique journeys, let us take a moment to acknowledge the profound impact that women have had on our lives and the world at large. It’s a day to appreciate the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and contributions that make our collective narrative richer and more vibrant.

Whether you’re a trailblazer breaking barriers, a mentor inspiring the next generation, or someone quietly making a difference in your community, your story matters. IWD is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths that women bring to every aspect of life.

So, here’s to you – to the women who have shaped our past, those who continue to shape our present, and the generations of women who will undoubtedly shape our future. May this International Women’s Day inspire us to cultivate inclusivity, amplify diverse voices, and strive for a world where every woman is not only acknowledged but truly valued.

This year’s theme, “Inspire Inclusion,” resonates deeply as a call to action to break down barriers, challenge biases, and cultivates a world where every woman feels valued and included.

Embracing Diversity: “Inspire Inclusion” prompts us to reflect on the importance of diversity in all its forms. True inclusion goes beyond gender; it embraces differences in ethnicity, culture, background, and perspectives. It is about creating environments that recognise and celebrate the unique contributions of every individual, nurturing a sense of belonging for all.

Championing Women’s Achievements : IWD is an opportunity to spotlight the remarkable achievements of women across the globe. From politics to science, business to the arts, women continue to break barriers and make significant contributions to society. By celebrating these achievements, we not only acknowledge the progress made but also inspire future generations of women to dream big and pursue their passions.

Inspiring Inclusion in the Workplace: The workplace is a crucial arena for promoting inclusion. Companies and organisations that actively seek to diversify their workforce and create inclusive cultures are not only more innovative but also more successful in the long run. This International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the organisations that prioritise gender equality, providing equal opportunities for women to thrive and lead.

Addressing Gender Bias: Despite progress, gender bias persists in various forms. “Inspire Inclusion” challenges us to confront and dismantle these biases, whether they are overt or subtle. By promoting awareness and actively challenging stereotypes, we pave the way for a more inclusive society where individuals are valued for their abilities rather than predefined gender roles.

Educational Empowerment: Education remains a powerful tool for empowering women and promoting inclusion. By ensuring equal access to education and encouraging young girls to pursue their interests, we lay the foundation for a more inclusive future. On this International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate initiatives that support girls’ education and advocate for educational environments that are free from gender biases.

Global Solidarity: IWD is a moment to recognise the inter connectedness of women’s struggles worldwide. By standing in solidarity with women of all backgrounds, we amplify the voices of those who are often marginalised or face additional challenges. This global unity reinforces the idea that inclusion knows no borders and that every woman’s story is part of a larger narrative of empowerment.

As the Founder of Indian Women in Hospitality (IWH), I feel there’s a lot we can achieve together; IWH stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when inclusivity becomes a guiding principle. This International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate and support initiatives like IWH, recognising that inclusion is not just a theme for a day but a continuous effort towards building a more diverse, equal, and thriving hospitality industry.

A Call to Action: As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let it be a call to action for individuals, communities, and organizations alike. Whether it’s challenging biases, supporting diversity, or amplifying women’s voices, each of us plays a role in creating a more inclusive world. Let this day serve as a catalyst for positive change and a reminder that together, we can inspire inclusion and build a future where all women can grow and excel.

Pictures Courtesy: Apeejay institute of Hospitality, celebrating IWD

Dr. Laxmi Todiwan
Dr. Laxmi Todiwan
Founder Indian Women in Hospitality. She is a Professor, Corporate Trainer, Motivational Speaker and a Blogger. A multiple award winning hospitality professional with a career spanning over two decades; people engagement, training and development are close to her heart. She writes for hospitality journals, online platforms and columns in the local newspapers. Married to a Master Mariner she loves to write on the maritime industry as well as the lives and relationships of the fraternity. She expresses her thoughts on her blog and website, www.theiwh.com

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