International Women’s Day Message
Happy International Women’s Day!
A woman alone can do great things, but a women with a community of support can be an ocean of change. We can do it better together!
Last year at this time, I had the honour to give a keynote address about women’s equality and wellness. Little did I know that the pandemic would rock our society a week later making such personal engagements a rarity to this date.
This year the United Nations has set the theme for International Women’s Day as “Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. As a community we can work for equality if we continue to use our “outlets and voices” to speak up for change.
“Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry.” (Source:UN)
How can we achieve equality? It’s wrapped in both complexity and simplicity.
We need to become the most vocal generation that has ever existed. Our generation has the largest platforms at our disposal to use for social education. Speak up, share knowledge, and support other women. Only until we “get this” will the structural constructs that hold women down start to change.
Mentorship, sponsorship and education also need to sit at the forefront of the gender equality battle. We need more REAL women in roles of leadership. Our daughter’s need more role models, opportunities created by Women, and platforms and institutions with a vision created by Women. We also need to reach deeper into society outside of our own communities to help lift up other Women who are struggling during this climb to equality.
If we work together the goal of gender equality will be achieved, hopefully in our lifetime and it can start with you !
For International Women’s Day please educate yourself, connect socially, become a mentor, donate to a cause, focus on your wellness and the wellness of the Women in and outside of your community. We Can Do This!
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