23 March, 2023 | Posted by Michelle Hogan

International Women's Day 2023 Will #EmbraceEquity For A Better World

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Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity. 

This is the message behind International Women’s Day 2023 (IWD) which Portobello Institute actively embraces for all students and staff. 

IWD sees a number of missions to help forge a gender-equal world. Celebrating women's achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is key. 

The missions of International Women’s Day 2023 include: 

  • Celebrate the women forging change 
  • Elevate the visibility of women creatives 
  • Build workplaces where women thrive 
  • Improve equality for women in tech 
  • Forge women's empowerment worldwide 
  • Empower women's choices in health 
  • Applaud equality for women in sport 

The International Women’s Day official charity partners for 2023 are the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and Catalyst. 

The campaign theme of IWD23 is #EmbraceEquity.  

To celebrate and support International Women's Day 2023, Portobello Institute is sharing inspiring insights from women who follow their passion to fulfil their potential as they share their experiences with embracing equity.

You can read our interview series in our Knowledge Zone here.

What Does #EmbraceEquity Mean? 

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. 

The words equity and equality are often used interchangeably.  

Etymologically, the root word they share is aequus, meaning “even” or “fair” or “equal” - which led to equity being from the Latin aequitas, and equality from aequalitas.  

Yet, despite these similarities, equity and equality are inherently different concepts, and the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to help forge a worldwide conversation about this important issue and its impact. 

The IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to get the world talking about why "equal opportunities are no longer enough" - and can in fact be exclusionary, rather than inclusive. 

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

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


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. 

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. 

Read More: Interesting Insights from Portobello Institute’s International Women’s Day Webinar 'Embracing Equity in Sport'

Free International Women's Day Webinar with Portobello Institute

Portobello Institute is delighted to celebrate International Women's Day 2023 and support this year's theme of #EmbraceEquity

The webinar took place on Wednesday, 8th March '23 from 7 pm - 8.30 pm. It is available to rewatch on YouTube here.

The webinar was led by three industry practitioners from the world of elite sports who shared their experiences and the importance of embracing equity when it came to being successful in their chosen careers.

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How Does Portobello Institute #EmbraceEquity?  

Portobello Institute’s foundations lie in making education accessible. What does that mean?

Our values include 

  • We care 
  • Supporting courage  
  • Quality tutors  
  • Industry focus and links 
  • Student support and small class sizes  
  • Study life balance  
  • Giving back  
  • A focus on quality  

We make education accessible with our static entry requirements giving wider opportunities to more people regardless of their educational background and so there are no surprises in your application process. 

We have easy payment plans supporting those who want to spread the cost out over the course of their learning journey.

Our tutors provide individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey. 

We embrace condensed scheduling meaning we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery, helping you maintain a work/life/study balance. 

We offer flexible blended learning options as well as full-time in-person classes so you can choose how, when and where you learn.

Over 80 per cent of Portobello Institute’s senior management team is made up of women, breaking the stereotype that can often exist in higher education.

The Institute was originally founded by Delia Lyons in 1981 and has been continuously advanced by her daughter Rebekah Lyons, another forward-thinking and hard-working woman. 

Every day and this International Women’s Day on March 8th, Portobello Institute commits to #EmbraceEquity for all. 

To find out more about International Women’s Day 2023 visit the website here.  

Read More International Women's Day articles in our Knowledge Zone here.

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