International Women’s Day, Saturday 8th March
Grab a cup of tea, pop the bubbly, and enjoy the buttery sweetness of a cupcake because it’s coming up to International Women’s Day. There will be high teas all around the world this Saturday as women gather to celebrate what it means to be a girl.
On International Women’s Day we often think of the great women, there are the rare ones who manage to get their face on the cover of Forbes, or those motherly matriarchs who save the world and then come home and cook dinner. We rejoice in the achievements of women in the past, and present, and look forward to the future.
However, it’s not called International Wonder-Woman Day. It’s for the everyday gal who gets to enjoy the ups and downs of having double X chromosomes. Taken straight from the United Nations International Women’s Day page – “it is a day when women are recognised regardless of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.” So it doesn’t matter what type of woman you are, you are unified and celebrated alongside your sisterhood.
This year’s global theme is ‘Inspiring Change’. Australia has taken this further to focus on ‘Ending Poverty for Women and Girls through Economic Empowerment’. I think that is something really worth thinking about. While we can gather in gardens and clink fine china or glass flutes, we are forgetting that there is still extraordinary inequality.
International Women’s Day started in 1911 to push against the gender inequalities. As we celebrate how far we have come, we are reminded that so many mothers and daughters are locked in the poverty cycle. Due to the lack of access to education, less employment opportunities and minimal financial services, women are far more likely to live in poverty than men. There are so many different ways to combat this, but first you need to spare a thought.
Spare a thought for the girl who produced your coffee.
Spare a thought for the woman who made that dress you’re wearing.
AfriBeads has those thoughts rolling and we’re already fighting to inspire change and end poverty through economic empowerment. Each sale helps sustain our women in the Kind Mother’s Project. Whether with AfriBeads or one of the many other events and campaigns, get involved in something this Saturday and as Sunday comes, don’t forget the double X’s whose lives you touched a few hours before.