International Women’s Day offers us all an opportunity to reinforce a notion, one that states that each of us has an individual role to play. We have a role to play when it comes to forging a gender-balanced world. International Women’s Day calls for gender equality and parity and celebrates the achievements of women across the globe!
This global celebration is spread across the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women worldwide. The day marks a call to action to accelerate gender parity. On March 8th, the world witnesses significant activity globally, in groups, as people come together to celebrate the achievements of all beautiful women around us.
International Women’s Day is honored and celebrated as a significant event every single year, with an aim to:
1. Celebrate the achievements of women
2. Raise awareness in context to gender equality
3. Lobby to accelerate gender parity
4. Organize fundraisers on female-focused charities
#BreakTheBias is the theme for International Women’s Day 2022!
Become a part of this incredible movement and imagine a gender-equal world. Imagine a world that is rid of all kinds of bias, discrimination, and stereotypes. Imagine a world where all sorts of differences are actually celebrated and valued.
All of us coming together to be a part of this movement can forge an equal world for everyone. Together we can break the bias! No single NGO, Government, corporation, charity, media hub, women’s network, or any academic institution is solely responsible for celebrating and organizing the day's events. This day belongs to each of us, in a group, collectively!
Yes, we can come together and break all biases. But, how can we do it on an individual level? We can all start by breaking these biases in our community, in our workplaces, in our universities, colleges, schools, and in our neighborhoods!
If we come together, individually, with our own set of thoughts and actions, we can break the bias this International Women’s Day and beyond!
So, the next time you come across any form of gender bias, stereotyping, or discrimination, come forward and break the prejudice. Whether unintentional or deliberate, it will make it difficult for women to move ahead in their lives. Every time you see it, take action to level the playing field—help #BreakTheBias.
Sport these colors on March 8th this year. You can even sport them beyond the day! The colors purple, green, and white are significant in celebrating International Women’s Day. Purple is symbolic of dignity and justice. Green is symbolic of hope, and white is purity. These colors originated back in 1908 from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the United Kingdom.
We still do require International Women’s Day. There is absolutely no space in our world for complacency. As per the World Economic Forum, most of us, in our lifetime, will not be able to witness gender parity happening! As per the same data, it is highly unlikely that our children will also notice gender parity in the future years to come.
Gender parity will probably take more than a century to be attained! So, there’s a lot we still need to do. We all must come forward to play a part.
A gender-equal world requires women who are ready to take control of their lives, are prepared to make their own decisions, and succeed in the pursuits of their choice.
WomenWire presents to you some of the most empowering quotes to inspire you this year, so you can #BreakTheBias too. These quotes are from innovators, activists, leaders, and idols who have managed to follow their pursuits and make a considerable difference in our society.
"There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind." - Virginia Woolf.
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness." - Oprah Winfrey.
"I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will." - Amy Schumer.
"We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead." - Beyoncé.
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” - Coco Chanel.
"There's something so special about a woman who dominates in a man's world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer." - Rihanna
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." - Michelle Obama.
"We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored." - Sheryl Sandberg.
"Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul." - Coretta Scott King.
"I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it, and sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith." - Emma Watson.
"I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." - Malala Yousafzai.
"If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." - Anita Roddick.
"Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald.
Let’s empower women further!
This International Women’s Day, let’s empower women all across the world. Empowering women to break all kinds of biases and barriers offers them a sense of self-worth. It provides them the ability to determine their own choices and follow their pursuits. It gives them the power to influence change.
Are you empowering yourself or the women in your life?