It’s upon us once again. Like so many things in the blink of an eye, a year has gone and it’s here again. International Women’s Day that is. It’s a time for us as women, to reflect, unite and remember and most significantly celebrate. It’s a day to think of all the women that have gone before us; the trailblazers, the suffragettes, those brave individuals who have been so strong and fought so hard for us to be in the position we find ourselves today. It’s also a time to remember those women who don’t have freedom of speech, who are oppressed, marginalised, discriminated against, abused and demeaned because of nothing more than the fact that they were born a woman. It’s a day when we should hug our daughters, our mothers, our sisters, our girlfriends just a little tighter. We are all in this together and it’s our day to celebrate.
It’s a day when the hashtags will go crazy. We will see #womensupportingwomen and #teamgirls (just to name a few) all over social media and we will hit the like button and agree wholeheartedly. We will see marches across the globe. We will hear thought leaders pronounce and espouse the virtues of the #metoo movement, or the call for gender parity and this year, particularly the cry for #BalanceforBetter as the global theme for IWD.
Some of us may attend lunches or breakfasts to celebrate. We’ll hear women with inspiring stories tell their tales and we’ll listen with interest and admiration. We’ll go back home inspired and exhilarated and knowing that we really can change the world.
They are all great things to do. But so is the small stuff. Of phoning or texting a girlfriend, for no other reason than to say hi. Of calling your mum, your aunt or another elderly family member and checking in to see how they are. Of offering to pick up a friend’s kids from school who can’t seem to manage that day. And for those women who work have a think about returning that email or taking a meeting with the young female in your office, eager to please and to move forward. To me, International Women’s Day is many things but above all, it’s a day where we can in our own way promote women through showing our support. Big or small.