March 8th is International Women’s Day 2019, which is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women to continue the fight for equality.
This year’s theme is “Better the Balance, Better the World”, #Balanceforbetter, which is a call to action for accelerating global gender equality.
In Australia alone, according to The Australian Bureau of Statistics, the current gender pay gap (as of August 2018) is 14.6 per cent, which equates to women earning, on average, $244.80 less than men each week. Sexual discrimination is the single biggest contributor of the gender pay gap. However, International Women’s Day focuses on more than just the gender pay gap.
It’s a day to celebrate the women in our lives; our friends, sisters, mothers, colleagues – the women who inspire us, and will continue to do so to make this world a better place.
But more importantly, it’s a day to mobilise and educate on the many areas where women everywhere still face inequality and injustice today. And as someone who has lived in developing countries where gender inequality is rife, I’ve seen first hand women and babies severely impacted by gender related issues. Therefore, this topic is very close to my heart.
So, I thought, why not get involved and play our part for International Women’s Day 2019 to make a difference in the lives of others?
Here’s four ways to do this…
1. Get Educated and be inspired
International Women’s Day 2019 website has a lot of great information about the issues women are facing globally, such as:
- The pay gap
- Sexual harassment in the workplace
- Political representation
- #metoo movement
- Plus lots of resources you can use!
Also, the United Nations website has some excellent statistics on gender equality globally. Check it out as it might surprise you how far we’ve come, but how much further we have yet to go in gender equality, particularly in education, female genital mutilation, and child marriages.
2. Give a gift that empowers women globally
Short on time but have a heart to empower women and girls worldwide?
Want to help abolish human trafficking? Empower women rescued from sex slavery? Educate girls in developing countries? Provide women with micro-financing loans? Then make a donation to some amazing charities empowering women such as Kiva, Offspring Project, Edge Foundation (my husband and I run this charity), Justice and Care, to name a few. Your money can literally change lives, and have a ripple effect on the lives of others.
3. Encourage and get together with a woman (women) of significance in your life
Get together and celebrate each others achievements, share stories, laugh and share why they’re important in your world. Encourage each other to keep going, keep shining and keep making the world a better place. Write a letter, send a text message, or give a significant woman in your life a phone call to tell them what they mean to you. And better yet, rally your girlfriends together and celebrate whilst taking up a small collection to donate to your favourite charity that empowers women.
4. Educate others
Share this article on social media, raise awareness about the statistics of women around the world and why International Women’s Day is so important. Take a photo of yourself celebrating womanhood and post it on social media using the hashtag #Balanceforbetter. Because the more educated we all are, both men and women, on gender discrimination issues, the more action we can take, which means the closer we get to bridging the gender inequality gap.
As the Chinese proverb states: “women hold up half the sky”. Together, let’s make gender equality a reality. Because when woman are equal, we have a greater balance for a better world.
And that’s the world I want to raise my boys in.
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