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  • Writer's pictureYvette Kinkade

Closing the gender confidence gap and finding ways to take up space.

Closing the Gender Confidence Gap as a community is a complex issue that requires a multi-faceted approach. It's one thing to start taking up space personally, but as a community, we have much work to bring about an equitable, safe and inclusive shift.

Thinking about where we need to head, here are some strategies to start within your own community, workplace and home.

1. Address what is perceived as a norm: Encouraging a cultural shift towards recognizing and valuing the contributions of women can go a long way in boosting their confidence. This can involve promoting positive female role models, challenging gender stereotypes, and providing education about gender equality.

2. Mentorship: women and girls benefit greatly from having role models and mentors who can provide guidance and support. This can include formal mentorship programs as well as informal networks of support.

3. Create inclusive and diverse environments by adopting policies and practices that support gender equality, such as flexible work arrangements, fair pay, and opportunities for career advancement. It's also important to address bias and discrimination and promote a culture of respect and inclusivity.

4. Encourage women and girls to take risks and pursue opportunities: the benefit of being encouraged to take risks and pursue opportunities, even if they don't feel fully qualified, can help them to build confidence and develop new skills.

5. Promote self-compassion: Women often put a lot of pressure on themselves to be perfect, leading to self-doubt and low confidence. Encouraging women to prioritize their well-being and to be kind to themselves can help to build resilience and confidence.

Addressing the gender confidence gap requires a long-term commitment to promoting gender equality and creating more inclusive and supportive environments for women. By working together to address these issues, we can help to build a more equitable and confident future for all.

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