It’s International Women’s Day!
Each year on the 8th of March we celebrate women’s rights and their achievements from all around the world – and by gosh is there a lot to celebrate!
Although 2020 was an absolutely diabolical year on so many accounts, incredible women still managed to shine brilliantly; from Jacinda Ardern’s exceptional handling of the Covid-19 outbreak to Kamala Harris’s insane glass-ceiling break. By the same token, non-famous women have achieved so much; from solely raising children in the middle of a pandemic to graduating and excelling in their careers.
Despite women’s rights having come an extraordinarily long way since their origins, there’s still a lot to be done. So how can we help? What can we do to celebrate, raise awareness and educate ourselves on all the amazing women and their rights in our lives?
- Why not #ChooseToChallenge?
This year’s International Women’s Day hashtag is #ChooseToChallenge. “A challenged world is an alert world. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.”
To promote the cause, take a selfie with your hand raised and share to social media with the caption ‘#ChooseToChallenge to show your support of the movement and the women in your lives!
2. Enlighten Yourself!
Somewhat embarrassingly, I was forced to accept how little I knew about the suffragette movement during a recent conversation with my auntie. Being an educated woman and an advocate of women’s rights, this was a rather awkward moment! So, I promised myself (and my auntie) that I would further educate myself on the movement and its implications. With this, ask yourself if there is any aspect of women’s rights that you would like to learn about? How about its origins, the right to vote and abortion rights? Why not take it further and broaden your knowledge on international women’s rights i.e. forced marriages, genital mutilation and access to education.
3. Converse With a Woman Friend 🙂
When was the last time that you had a decent conversation with a woman who was close to you about her ambitions, aspirations and desires? I strongly believe that the power of conversation is severely underestimated. I am very fortunate that I’m surrounded by those who want the best for me and will always encourage me to pursue my passions. You may not realise the possible positive significance of your discussion, but I can assure you it would be very beneficial! By having these sorts of conversations we empower each other and create a foundation of support. You never know what door you might open for your woman friend!
4. Read an Autobiography of an Inspiring Woman.
There are tons of inspiring women out there, so why not read about their lives from their perspective? One of my favourite autobiographies has to be ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama. However, there are many different books on inspiring women to be found on audible, kindle and good old fashioned hardbacks/paperbacks!
5. Remember that ‘Women Empowerment’ does not and should not equate to ‘Male Bashing’.
Sadly, it has always come to my attention that many people believe that to rightly celebrate women we must also suppress male achievements. This is not true. Men are amazing creatures in their own right and have contributed a vast amount to our world. We must always remember that when we celebrate International Women’s Day we should never conceal or muzzle the accomplishments of men.
Happy International Women’s Day everyone!