The International Women's Day had its origins on March 8th 1910 when a group of resolute women protested and marched through the streets of New York City seeking better pay, shorter working hours and voting rights. On March 8th, 1975 the United Nations gave official recognition to International Women's Day. This day honors working women and celebrates the achievements of women in diverse sectors.
In this era and social order we live in, it is impossible to discount the strides that women have made in various fields. Women have in them the ability to top in education, dominate a corporate boardroom, outshine in arts, advance in science, lead a nation and launch into space. While we celebrate our victories it is also a day to spread awareness of the many issues concerning women's education, rights, oppression in homes and society.
So what is this new fight for freedom? Why are we hustling to testify women are better than men? Has our life goals and priorities changed? Are we in a competition against our men to prove that we are better, stronger, wiser? Do not get me wrong, I am all for women's empowerment and women in leadership, however not at the cost of the demise of family and motherhood.
It is time to pick the real battles, to address legitimate issues.
What does liberation look like to a refugee woman in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq?
What does liberation look like to a woman who is a sex slave in Far East Asia?
What does liberation look like for women who are victims of violence and abuse in Sudan and Guatemala?
What does liberation look like for a woman who faces genital mutilation in Somalia and Mali?
For issues so sizable where do we begin? The answer; we must begin, begin somewhere and ACT ON IT! There are solutions, and we need the empowered women at all levels to take tangible steps albeit small. My hope is that We the empowered will be a voice to the voiceless and be game changers. We the empowered can partner with by donating to organizations bringing about change and challenge the status quo. We the empowered must rise up to educate a girl child and equip her with knowledge to face her world. We the empowered can aid in eradicating female feticide and We the empowered can provide a safe place for women to discuss their rights, share stories and share opportunities.