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The School of Etiquette

Celebrating International Women’s Day: ‘Inspiring Inclusion’ through Etiquette

This weekend is a time for us to reflect on the progress we’ve made towards gender equality and celebrate the contributions of women in every sphere of life. This year’s theme of ‘Inspiring Inclusion’ resonates profoundly, calling us to foster environments where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. And what better way to embody this than through the lens of etiquette.

International Women's Day

Etiquette isn’t merely about knowing which fork to use or how to properly address someone; it’s also about cultivating an environment of understanding, empathy, and inclusivity. So let’s quickly explore 3 ways etiquette can serve as a powerful tool in to inspire inclusion in today’s world and beyond.

 

1. Respectful Communication – Inclusive communication starts with respect. Whether in the boardroom, at a social gathering, or in our everyday interactions, it’s essential to listen actively, acknowledge diverse perspectives, and avoid interrupting or talking over people.

By practicing active listening and valuing everyone’s input, we can create an atmosphere where women feel heard and respected.

 

2. Celebrating Achievements – International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. So, in our business settings, workplaces and social circles, etiquette dictates acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments of women colleagues and leaders.

This recognition not only boosts morale but also reinforces the importance of diversity and inclusion in achieving success.

 

3. Challenging Bias and Stereotypes – Etiquette extends beyond polite behaviour; it also involves challenging bias and stereotypes. Whether it’s confronting casual sexism or advocating for equal opportunities, etiquette calls us to stand up for inclusivity and fairness.

By addressing and dismantling discriminatory attitudes and practices, we pave the way for a more equitable society.

 

Finally, let us not forget to :
Support Women’s Empowerment, because true inclusion involves actively supporting women’s empowerment initiatives.

Consider how you can contribute to organisations and causes that promote gender equality, mentorship programs for women, or initiatives aimed at closing the gender gap in various fields.

Your support can make a meaningful difference in inspiring inclusion and uplifting women around the world.

 

By embodying the principles of etiquette in our interactions and advocating for inclusivity, we can make strides towards a more equitable and harmonious society that fosters respect. A society where everyone feels valued and respected.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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