Happy International Women’s Day! A day to reflect on our continued struggle to fight globally for social & economic justice, and to honor all of the political, social, and economic achievements since the first IWD in 1910. The first National Women’s Day was observed across the United States on February 28, 1909. Then in 2000, countries such as China, Afghanistan, Cambodia and many others has recognized IWD as an official holiday. Wow, what a celebration (not an official holiday in the USA yet…let’s hope some day in our lifetime)!! With many of the dedicated women and men who help advocate for women’s equality and rights, women and girls continue to be vulnerable and at risk of discrimination, health, violence, poverty, education, unequal pay, career roles, and leadership positions as compared to men.
“With more than 17 million women living in poverty in the United States alone, over 600,000 women and girls trafficked internationally per year, and an estimated seven out of 10 women worldwide reporting they have experienced physical and sexual violence…” Tiffanie Wen, The Daily Beast. In case you are wondering what you can do today, or any other day to inspire change, to help protect and advocate for us women, check out some of these websites for ideas and resources:
1. American Jewish World Service, https://secure.ajws.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=la_event_0308_rsvp.
2. IWD Resources, http://www.internationalwomensday.com/resources.asp#.UxvCuzkaxUQ.
3. IWD 2014, http://www.internationalwomensday.com/.
Unleash your feminine power! Why complicate it? Here are three simple and practical ways to be feel Empowered…
1. Speak Up!
2. Be Confident!
3. Love Yourself!
I would like to hear from you or if you have any additional information to share. Peace!!