Embrace Equity

Because Jesus does not have favourites

News March 9, 2023

9 March 2023 | Becici, Montenegro [Tor Tjeransen with tedNEWS]

As Trans-European Division (TED) leaders met together in the Combined Advisories and department consultations this week, in Montenegro, their meetings coincided with the 8 March International Women’s Day.

Embrace Equity - Women's International Day.
Sirpa Iivari, Children’s and Family Ministries director, Finland

The focus for this years celebration is ‘Embrace Equity’. Though words equity and equality are often used interchangeably, they don’t mean the same. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action –  recognising the unique journey and circumstances of each person, and allocating the resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.¹

In a video clip filmed during the Advisory, Women’s Ministries director for the TED  Karen Holford touches on the reason why it is important for Christians to treat everyone with equity. God does not show favouritism” (Romans 2:11 NIV).

Inspired by connecting with other women in leadership, Halford commented,  “It’s amazing to see so many women in leadership here at the advisory. There are so many things we can do together as women, and it is good to come together to share those ideas. Continuing, Holford concluded, “I know that women can make a big difference in their communities by reaching out to those who are struggling and be role models for young people.”

¹International Women’s Day website,

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.”

“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, sterotypes, 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.”

[Photos:Tor Tjeransen AME – CC BY 4.0].

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