International Women’s Day is an event that never ceases to amaze me. The very first #InternationalWomensDay that I was part of was while I was working at a #WomensShelter in #SaultSteMarie. I remember being in such awe then as I considered that this event started in the early 1900s with a group of women determined to see better working conditions in garment factories in New York.
In the over 100 years that this event has continued it has honoured outstanding achievements of women and has served as a focal point of unity and action to continue striving for equality and rights for women all over the world. What an awe inspiring, magnificent and fantastic #WomensDay. Throughout the more than century it has persisted, women around the globe #unwomen have united together to claim rights to: political voice and participation, education, employment and income equity, and freedom from: violence, gender discrimination, poverty and hunger.
One of the reasons why I especially revere this day is because of what it represents to me. To me it is the face of women internationally who can rightfully claim characters with qualities of endurance, perseverance, unity, profound strength, courage, and freedom. To me it embodies the essence of what we at Qualia Counselling Services have developed our mission to be: To Unlock Human Potential. It also embodies one of our core values – Anti Oppression.
The theme of this International Women’s Day, “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” (See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.FRmaMUJl.dpuf) has also been inspiring me. Since I have read this thrilling theme I have indeed been ‘picturing it’. What would our world look like with humanity empowered? What would our relationships, homes and communities look like without violence of any kind, with deep respect of one another’s rights and freedoms, and unison in our desire to empower not only ourselves but others too?
I am proud to say that I am lucky enough to work with colleagues and clients alike who do have a vision like this, and are actively working towards it. Today I tip my hat off to you – yes probably you who at this very moment is reading this – and say a great big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the effort you are exerting and contributing to this brilliant vision for humanity’s future.
My hope is that as we recognize past and present achievements towards liberty and equality that we continue our individual and group efforts towards this noble goal. Happy International Women’s Day!