Happy International Women’s Day #BalanceForBetter
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is #BalanceForBetter, and women all around the world are striking a symbolic pose to share the message that a balanced world is a better world.
But what does it mean, ‘a balanced world’? Put simply, it’s a world where things are equal. Where women have equal opportunities in the workplace and beyond, where we are paid the same money for the same work, where we are equally represented and valued. Excluding over fifty per cent of the world’s population from opportunity and the ability to grow and be valued members of society and the working community means we all miss out. Dreams becoming nothing more, ambitions unfulfilled, aspirations discouraged, opportunities lost.
So what can we do to help the world become more balanced? It may seem a daunting task, looking at the plight of many women world-wide, but it’s quite simple, really. We lift each other up. Those of us in a more privileged position speak out, advocating for those who cannot. We call out gender bias and inequality. We actively seek other women to promote and train. We respect the choices we make. We celebrate each other’s achievements. We work together, rather than apart. Small steps lead to big change.
Taking the next step on the career ladder is tough for most people. And even more so for women who might be on a tight budget, or have been out of the workforce for a while. Organisations like Smart Works, where I volunteer, offer assistance to women in preparing for job interviews, including providing outfits. So, if you have any workwear you no longer use, consider donating it to Smart Works or somewhere similar. A small gesture like this can make a big difference, and is a nice way to mark International Women’s Day.
Women are possessed of extraordinary strength. We carry our children, care for our elders, manage our homes. We do it with or without partners, often while being paid less than our male counterparts, and we do it with a smile. So, let today be a day we celebrate. Celebrate ourselves, celebrate each other, and all our potential. Let us work towards balance, today and every day.
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