For those of you who do not know exactly what International Women’s Day is and what is promoting and celebrating … the website states…International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
If you have never read any of my blog posts or by some miracle you didn’t know I am a huge advocate for equality and feminism, this day is every day for me. Posts such as The pursuit of equality have been an expression of my thoughts on this. Therefore, today is a day, which I support heavily and continue to promote every day.
This years campaign for International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress you can read more about this on the website linked here. The idea is that we all can #PressForProgress in different ways depending on our own sphere of influence. I pressed for progress on the website to influence others view and beliefs – As I attempt to make others around me acknowledge behaviour by habit or otherwise which reinforces the existing inequalities and as I lead by example. What are you going to #PressForProgress, and if you aren’t why? What is your excuse, justification, and reasoning for inequality to continue to be present in the world – I have yet to come up with one reason against the millions of positive impacts.
In researching for this post and exploring the 2018 IWD campaign I fell upon many wonderful videos, however, the one below specifically impacted me.
As you all know I am also a mental health advocate and am also fighting to #StampOutStigma. I have never consciously attached equality with mental health – it now seems foolish of me not to.
We are telling girls who are suffering from mental health issues and regarding themselves as worthless, that they are not, which is 120% true, yet society is making it harder to believe. We are all enough regardless of gender, sex, race, religion, favourite colour – Nothing invalidates our worth. So why, in the 21st century when we have accepted everything else, why haven’t gender inequalities been eradicated? Though progress has occurred and is heading in the right direction – it NEEDS to continue.
*EDIT* YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH
I want to end this blog post as a celebration and to recognise how wonderful so many women of the past have been. (I do not say there haven’t been some fantastic guys – but contain your ego’s men of the world. We all deserve recognition. And Equality of course.)
Queen Elizabeth I
“I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England”
Diana, Princess of Wales
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back”
“We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers”
“Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”
I could go on and celebrate Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, The Queen, Kate Moss… the list is endless… but the thing is it is not only these women that matter whose lives have left a mark beyond there presence. It is all the women who have been, are and to come. Each and every girl who grows into a woman, they are all a gift/ we are all gifts, just as all the boys who grow into men are.
My advice to everyone- Act like it.
Happy International Women’s Day may tomorrow bring greater steps to a world that believes in a concept that should have always been.
Today Tomorrow Forever
‘We are human first. All equal. All human.’ – Me