• User AvatarMiriam McKenzie
  • 08 Mar, 2021
  • 1 Min Read

International Women’s Day was yesterday. Let’s celebrate for the week.

The challenges historically women have faced, and present day have been phenomenal. We are slowly chipping away at archaic notions of women’s ability to achieve, in whatever area we choose to achieve in. It’s hard to fathom what our forebears have had to put up with to get where we are today so let’s celebrate their lives – here’s to the women who have shaped our country, our present and you, into the person with the opportunities you have today. Give them a nod of recognition (or even a hug). Cheers.

As the KIND women group ask frequently, are we there yet? No. But we’ve sure come a long way and we really must pause to acknowledge the successes of the past and present. Today, we have great representation of women in positions of leadership in Southland. Central government, local government, the media, business. Leaders, inspirational, mentors.

#ChooseToChallenge is the # for the international Women’s Day organisation.

 “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

IWD sees a number of missions to help forge a gender equal world.

  • Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is key
  • Celebrate women in tech and innovation.
  • Increase visibility of women creatives
  • forge women’s empowerment worldwide
  • applaud equality for women in sport
  • educate women on health decisions
  • build inclusive workplaces so women can thrive”

What will you choose to celebrate and challenge? For me, celebrating the women who worked their backsides off so my life could have more ease that they ever did.

And, supporting women to find their voice (of course) is my challenge and I accept it. Educating  women (any age) of the strategies and techniques to be heard, be understood, be appreciated, be respected and be approached.

Here’s to celebrating and challenging not just this week but always.