The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #PledgeForParity.
The ‘female child’ for far too long has been seen as a ‘financial burden’.
Though the situation is improving, the scenario detailed below is sadly still a norm in too many countries.
Female child >> less encouraged to become educated
Female child reaches puberty >>
inadequate hygiene facilities [at school] during menstruation >>
Communal/open air toilets mean girls are more vulnerable to assault & humiliation >> less likely to complete high school education >>
earlier marriage >>
earlier pregnancy >>
heightened risk of maternal complication >>
obstetric problems & sometimes sadly resulting in maternal & fetal mortality.
This is just 1 scenario that could easily be altered if gender parity truly existed.
The aim of the #GlobalGoals includes tackling a fair few issues mentioned above:
Good Health & Wellbeing
Clean Water & Sanitation
But so many are heavily tied in with
5. Gender Equality
Because how can poverty be overcome, when right now:
I’ve read numerous articles titled variations of this:
‘Millenials’ are poised to reshape the ecomony’ – Goldman Sachs
‘Generation Y : The Gamechangers, the changemakers’
‘The Rise of The Millenials – How they’re set to Change the world’
…& you know what?
Each time I do, these articles fill me with so much energy.
I’ve written about it before & I’ll say it again.
Generation Y, the ‘millenials’, whatever you want to call us:
We DO want to make a difference.
We DO realise it’s up to us & never have there been as many resources as today.
We’re not content with just the standard status quo.
The degree, the job, retire & then LIVE.
The more I chat to my peers, the more I feel proud & invigorated with our generation’s desire to do more than just exist.
We’re aware that our privileges come with responsibility & we’re willing to do good with what resources we have.
In a world that finds it sometimes easier to access the Internet than a hygienic toilet.
There is power in social media, bigger than we give credit for, like never before.
But what good does a hashtag do?
Think #nomakeupselfie >> & £8 million raised for Cancer Research.
A hashtag represents solidarity, support & strength.
As the saying goes, there’s strength in numbers; in knowing you’re not alone.
Because when we’re surrounded by like-minded individuals all investing energy into a shared cause, that’s when the magic happens.
What #PledgeForParity means to me:
- It means both men & women encouraging women [in all countries, not just the developing ones] to push more boundaries, to support them in all their endeavours.
- In challenging stereotypes in whatever environment you have influence over; be it work, home or with friends.
Like anything, change occurs first with ourselves.
-Think twice before we catch ourselves adding to harmful gender stereotypes : ‘man up’, ‘you can’t…..because, you’re a girl’.
When we challenge other people’s views and help lift up & encourage those men & women doing wonderful things for humanity.
So this Women’s Day, stand proud as a feminist & what that actually means : wanting equal rights for men & women & for wanting Gender Parity.
And on Tuesday, 8th March 2016, International Women’s Day 2016 [#IWD16] if you do happen to take a selfie…make it for a good cause & show your support using
or find a campaign that resonates with you :
I may not be the most vocal but I know I have a voice that matters & so does yours.
Until The Next Time,
Namaste | from Ananya xo
I’m linking this post up with Lucy over at Lulastic and the Hippyshake for her International Women’s Day 2016 blog linkup. Hop over and have a read of the many varied and inspirational blog posts there.