The theme of #InternationalWomensDay2022 is #BreakTheBias – but what does #BreakTheBias really mean?
Everyone will have their own interpretation. For me, it’s stop pre-judging people. Stop making assumptions based on their ‘label(s)’. Instead, challenge any natural urge to pre-judge – which is what bias is. Usually it’s unconscious – people don’t realise how automatically they make judgements on others without any evidence!
Stop, think and ask. Ask yourself how would you feel if you knew others were pre-judging you? They will be. It’s part of the human psyche. But we can stop it. Next time you feel an automatic judgement coming on, stop and challenge your thoughts. What evidence do you have for that opinion?
For me, the theme to Break The Bias and challenge our thoughts is a good ignition for change every day.
How much better would – we and the world be – if we all challenged our assumptions.