This year’s International Women’s Day Theme of #EachforEqual invites us to consider the ways in which we respect and protect the dignity of all and act to ensure that people can be the best they can be. People can be treated differently based on a range of characteristics including their gender, looks, where they were born, how well they speak and many other differences. When we live out our motto of ‘Care, Dignity and Respect’ we become blind to differences and instead focus on the strengths that lie within people and how they can enrich our lives and community. We can become proactive in ensuring that all people have a greater likelihood of equal opportunity. We are people who lift others and lift community.
Having the courage to stand alongside the least advantaged and the marginalised can have its costs but it is what makes us truly human and rich as community. Empathy is one of the most important strengths for each of us to grow and possess. God invites us to step out of the crowd and be people who have the courage to make a difference one life and one moment at a time. At Pacific we have an abundance of talents and gifts. God calls us to be people with big hands and big hearts to lift those around us.