“International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future,” to quote the Barclays site announcing an International Women’s Day panel.
Women have struggled throughout history and continue to struggle for simple human rights. The degree of women’s rights has nothing to do with geography, religion or financial status as women from all walks of life fight a battle for equality and respect. At the end of the day, society has to recognize the woman as a collective and an individual. Women should stick together and support each other’s decisions whether its the trite debate about working at home or outside the home, or wearing revealing clothing and staying out late at night. Without compassion and empathy, this struggle will rage on preventing society from advancing.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change.” Women have silently but certainly gained a strong foothold in industries where men have traditionally dominated. Just ask Janet Yellen – Chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve, Andrea Merkel, Chancellor of Germany thought to be the most powerful women in the EU or Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo to name a few. Did you know the CEO of Pepsi Indra Nooyi used to bring her kids to board meetings? Talk about work life balance! And, you can’t really tell me she didn’t have a successful career.
To recognize IWD, the European Parliament will host an inter-parliamentary conference focusing on violence against women and women in politics. Indiegogo will be supporting campaigns that support the initiative.
Find out what celebrations are taking place in your city, or start one of your own. Remember the theme is “Inspiring Change.” Share your stories and pictures with Urban Asian and tag #InternationalWomensDay!