Celebrating strong women on International Women’s Day
I grew up on The Spice Girls, Madonna, Oprah and Nigella. I have always been surrounded by strong women, they have always been part of the world I live in.
And that’s a great thing, because I never once felt that my gender could stop me from doing anything… well other than taking a very quick pee at Glastonbury!
However, somehow in 2016, we still have ‘International Woman’s Day’ (8 March), and this is because although we live in a wonderful open-minded country, so many other of our ‘sisters’ do not.
Much progress is still to be made in other parts of the world, where gender inequality is still a huge issue, where girls are forbidden from going to school or having jobs. Where forced marriage and suppression of their individuality is rife. I am grateful it’s not a world that I live in.
But I am glad that we live in a world that wants to change this. A world where inspiring young women like Malala Yousafzai stand forward. As she famously once said
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
I’m not political, I don’t know how we can make things better, other than to talk, communicate and share our support and allegiance to other women, especially on this day.
And on a much smaller scale, we can help each other every day. When we see a woman struggling on public transport with a buggy, when a pregnant woman is standing on the train as there’s no seats, when you have an elderly lonely neighbor. Helping each other is on our doorstep, it’s something we can all do, every day, but especially on March 8th.
For more please visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
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