International Women’s Day 2021
Updated: Mar 9
This year’s theme in Canada is #FeministRecovery, while in the United States #ChooseToChallenge is centre stage and at the UN it's all about “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”
“March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day of recognition celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls, and raising awareness of the work left to be done.” Here’s the link for the government of Canada‘s campaign https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-en.html.
“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.
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.” https://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme .
The theme at the UN "celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic." https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2020/11/announcer-international-womens-day-2021
Here we are in 2021 and women all over the world are still struggling. What can we do as individuals to speed up the equality we all deserve?
Well, we can start by speaking up when a woman is being treated unfairly or abused. In other words we can #ChooseToChallenge that wrong.
Instead of being divided, via criticism or public shaming, we can choose to support one another. Imagine, if you will, a world where a woman refuses to accept anything other than fairness...knowing that other women around the world have their back. It's a powerful thought, but one that can be achieved if we stand together.
We've come a long way since our grandparents and parents days. As insane as it sounds today, remember that not long ago our grandmothers weren't allowed to vote. They were expected to forgo all their dreams and sacrifice their lives just because they got married. If they didn't get married, they would be labeled a societal abnormality and frowned upon. Some found the courage to challenge those wrongs. While fighting for their dreams, they were labeled bad mothers, bad wives and a bunch of other names I'd rather not repeat. But they persisted...thank you to all of them.
Women aren't meant to fit a mold. We are as unique as the stars in the night sky. Yes, we can be demanding, emotional and insecure. Demanding because we're saturated with the unfairness that surrounds us. Emotional because we feel things deeply. Insecure because our spirit is continuously under attack by outside forces. It's time to let go of what has been. It's time to forge a world we all want to live in.