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Six Ways You Can Choose To Challenge Yourself On This International Women's Day

A more inclusive world necessitates transforming how we behave and how we #choosetochallenge not just systemic inequalities but our own biases too. Driving societal change and challenging the status quo is never easy — cultural shifts do not happen overnight, but the best part about any change is that it can begin with one person at a time and that one person can be you.

Here are some ways you can hold yourself accountable.

Educate yourself.

To expand your cross-cultural awareness, reach out to people outside your circle and engage with them on a personal level. When you belong to a privileged or powerful group, you do not need to draw attention to yourself as a specific entity because you have status. What’s more, others perceive you as the standard versus an outlier.

But when you belong to a underrepresented group, the "usual" dynamics shift — be wary of those dynamics, also make an effort to be cognizant with issues impacting underrepresented groups and how these challenges may have been exacerbated by the pandemic. After all, you cannot change or address what you are not aware of.

Question your bias.

We must acknowledge that despite our best intentions, we can all be biased — what is important is how we self-scrutinize our prejudices on an ongoing basis. You can ask yourself the following questions:

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