- 8 March is UN’s International Women’s Day; 2023 theme is #EmbraceEquity
- Aim of getting the world talking about why equal opportunities are simply not enough
- We asked two World 11 stars to define what equity means to them
Wednesday 8 March marks the UN’s International Women’s Day, centred on raising awareness of women's achievements and challenges.
This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity, getting the world talking about why equal opportunities are not enough. As people start from different places, true inclusion and belonging therefore require equitable action.
FIFPRO asked five-time World 11 winners Alex Morgan and Lucy Bronze what equity means to them.
Two-time Women’s World Cup winner Morgan said: "Equity means equal outcome: how you get to that outcome based on the resources and the opportunities given may differ but, at the end of the day, it's equal outcome."
England international Lucy Bronze, who was The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2020, used the analogy of three people all at different heights looking over the same wall.
She said: "Equity is about fairness. I think a great analogy is the picture you see of three people all at different heights trying to look over the wall. If you were to give them all the same thing, there might still be someone who can't see over the wall.
"If you give them the correct resources, the correct number of boxes to see over the wall, they may be different to each other, but it means that everybody gets that same view.
"So, I think there's a slight difference between equality and equity. For me, it's about the fairness of giving people not always the same opportunities, but the opportunities that they need to be able to see."