March 8, 2018

International Women's Day

Today, women across the world are celebrating each other. International Women's Day has been observed for over a century, with the aim of reaching Gender Parity - the equal access to resources and opportunities, regardless of gender. There are still places in the world where women are second-class citizens, simply because they are women. Even in the most developed countries, women are still sidelined, harassed, broken down, shut down, beat down and more. It needs to stop!

My original intent for this post was going to be happy-go-lucky, joining the millions of women who are shouting, "YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS QUEEN! WE ARE MAGIC! GIRL POWER!" Don't get me wrong, we should celebrate because we ARE queens. But as I sit and type, there is a spirit within me crying out for the women who aren't being celebrated, for the young girls who are being victimized in one way or another. I don't want to be all gloom and doom, but there are millions of women across the globe who can't speak out or speak up for themselves.

Those are the women we should be rallying for. Those are the women we should speak on behalf of. Those are the invisible women that International Women's Day was started for! Did you know that a study by the World Economic Forum said we're still 200 years away from Gender Parity? I was shocked when I read it. We need to do what we can to #PressForProgress, which is this year's theme.

I know that we can't reach all women, and we might feel helpless in that regard. But like the International Women's Day website says, we should commit to doing something specific within our sphere of influence. If you want to see some ideas on what you can do, just visit here.

P.S. I still would like to acknowledge and thank all the women who have supported and held me up through the years - you are too many to mention individually, but I say thank you. If you have prayed for me, sent a kind word to me, laughed with me, cried with me, shared my posts, etc - no matter how little or big - THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU.

1 comment:

  1. I feel you Berry.
    I get exactly how you feel.
    I hope for the day when gender issues will be nonexistent.
    It's been so long.
    Glad to be on your blog again


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