#1 #choosetochallenge CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, 2021, with 21 matter series

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, 2021

March is being celebrated as Women’s History Month and March 8 is being celebrated as International Women’s Day all across the globe.

International Women’s Day #IWD2021 theme: #choosetochallenge

CONCEPT BEHIND THE #choosetochallenge

A challenging world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

The time has come to choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

To strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand high to show your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.

SUGGESTIONS TO #choosetochallenge

Society has prescribed many rules for women- ‘do’s’ and ‘dont’s’, ‘allowed’ and ‘not allowed’, things and actions that are categorised as ‘valid’ and ‘invalid’, which I  totally disagree to accept.

I #choosetochallenge to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

I #choosetochallenge the norm of women being considered rebellion bitch just for being outspoken,  having dreams and ambitions of their own other than marriage.

I #choosetochallenge the norm where women’s period blood is considered impure.

I #choosetochallenge the norm where women must declare their marital status on forms.

I #choosetochallenge the perfect picture of a woman – with makeup, generosity, emotional turmoil, and getting attracted towards a specific gender.

I #choosetochallenge the norm where girls are not allowed to perform the last rituals of their loved ones.

I #choosetochallenge the concept of acknowledging her worth through her cooking skills.

I #choosetochallenge the norm where women have to change their surname or eve of even their name in some cases.

I #choosetochallenge the safety norms for women against a man’s low-grade upbringing.

I #choosetochallenge stereotypes associated with their gender.

MY CHALLENGE

It’s time we know where we stand, know our worth, and never settle for less than what we deserve.

This International Women’s Day, I #choosetochallenge  to believe in myself more and I urge you to do the same.

Empowerment starts from you. Change starts from you!
I #ChooseTochallange. What about you? #IWD2021

STAY EMPOWERED, STAY STRONG BECAUSE YOU DO NOT OWE YOUR LIFE TO ANYONE.



#2 DARE TO WALK IN HER SHOES, CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, 2021, with 21 matter series

WHO WOMAN

This woman,
She is one of a kind.

You may not know her,
but you surely recognize her.

She’s perfect as well as imperfect,
She’s sunshine as well as sheer madness.

She makes everyone groove to her rhythm,
And blows everyone with her vision.

You must have seen her all moods:
The butterflies, the quiet highs, the stupid smiles, the screaming cries, the messy fights, and then the emotional nights.
And considered her just quirky at times.

But no matter what, she got courage which all adore,
This is why she’s bold for some and gemstone to more.

She’s a rule-breaker, trailblazer, game changer,
But sometimes, she needs someone to applaud her that – “she is more than stronger.”

So, what if you don’t know their reality,
she’s a woman, one of a kind.

Where I have been pointing all the bold portions of her life in the sad tone of outer utter hardships she had to go through.

Sometimes it feels quite a self-pity situation while keeping count on the crises of our life.

Whether we are responding to an emergency, working on long terms projects with communities, or campaigning for lasting change, we fight the inequality and deep-rooted discrimination that makes and keeps women poor.

Poor in all aspects whether it is financially as well as emotional.

STARTLING STATISTICS

Here are some of the startling statistics showing how desperately initiatives to improve education, health, and quality of life as International Women’s Day approaches.

SEXUAL ABUSE

More than a third of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives.

at least 46 countries have no laws protecting women against domestic violence and many nations do enforce them poorly.

“The most common form is domestic violence or attacks by current or previous partners, which occur most frequently between a woman’s teenage years and menopause.”

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

An estimated 120 million girls and women under age 20 have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts – around percent cent.

A Unicef report found that the violence was a “global reality” across all countries and social groups that could include harassment, rape, or sexual exploitation in prostitution or pornography.

“The true magnitude of sexual violence is hidden because of its sensitive and illegal nature”

ILLITERACY

Almost two-thirds of illiterate adults are women and the proportion has remained unchanged for two decades.

While “remarkable progress” in education has been seen in the last 20 years, girls are still underrepresented globally in secondary schools and universities, particularly in developing countries.

“The vast majority of older women in Northern Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southern Asia are illiterate, according to UN statistics.”

POLITICS

Worldwide, only around a fifth of parliamentary seats are held by women and there were only 19 female heads of state or government in 2014 – just seven more than in 1995.

The proportion of the world’s cabinet ministers who were women nearly tripled between 1994 and 2014, yet remains low at 17 percent, according to the UN.

“The use by some countries of gender quotas has improved women’s chances of being elected,” a report noted. “Yet, once elected, few women reach the higher echelons of parliamentary hierarchies.”

BUSINESS

In the private sector, fewer than 4 percent of CEOs leading the world’s 500 major corporations are women.

Around 600 million women – 53 percent of those working globally – are in jobs that are insecure and typically not protected by labor laws.

“The glass ceiling appears to be most impenetrable in the largest corporations, which are still essentially male-dominated, particularly at the level of CEO.”

FINANCIAL

Women make up just 55 of the 500 richest people in the world, according to Forbes’ list of billionaires.

On average, women still earn less than men across all sectors and occupations, with women working full-time earning between 70 percent and 90 percent of equivalent male salaries, according to the UN.

“Just 62 people currently own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population combined – and just nine of them are women.”

Every day, in every country in the world, women are confronted by discrimination and inequality. They face violence, abuse, and unequal treatment at home, at work, and in their wider communities – and are denied opportunities to learn, to earn, and to lead.

Achieving gender justice is not only a matter of basic rights. It’s also a key means of achieving fairer societies and overcoming poverty. And we all have an equal part to play in making it happen.

BELIEVE ME

Believe me, it’s not easy to be me as “she

I’m not propaganda,
I’m on a feminist agenda
.

I’m not over exaggerating,
I’m easing the complicating
.

I’m not dramatizing my menstrual cycle,
I’m opening with what I silently tackle.

I’m not asking for your back,
I’m seeking you beside, intact
.

I’m not moaning about less pay,
I’m outlashing against your invalid say.

I’m not begging you to hear me,
I’m looking you to listen to me
.

I’m not asking you to verify- ‘how beautiful I’m?’,
I’m saying you to see- “I’m amazing, just the way I’m”.

Believe me.

#6 WOMEN for WOMEN (21 inspiring quotes), CELEBRATING INTERNATION WOMEN’S DAY, 2021, with 21 matter series

I have always adored (and I mean adored by: jot it down in my journal) quotes ever since I was in school.

Mind you, back then the majority of them were related to my soul search…buttttt there was some life-inspiring ones (pulling my better version) thrown into the mix.

Over the years my collection has grown, and now some of my very favorites center around kindness and sisterhood: aka, women supporting women.

REAL ME + INSPIRATIONAL BACKING= STRONG WOMAN

Sometimes, all you need is a good quote to kick some inspiration into your day.

Who doesn’t want to feel inspired?

Here are my top 21 women supporting women quotes that inspire me, give me goosebumps and make me wanna go gather a tribe of women, cheer each other on, lift each other and I hope they have this effect on you too!

“Do not wait for leaders, do it alone person to person.”

Mother Teresa

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”-Susan B. Anthony

“My mother told me to be a lady, and for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” -Maya Angelou

“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll Rise.”
-Maya Angelou

“I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told that she has leadership skill.”
-Sheryl Sandberg

“At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice it would be to use the word “fuck off” much more frequently.”
-Hellen Mirren

“My favorite thing about girl power is that over time it turns into women power.” -Cleo Wade

“The point is not for women simply to take power out of man’s hand, since that won’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power.” -Simone De Beauvoir

“Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a woman’s power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

“But there’s wisdom in women, of more than they have known,
And thoughts go blowing through them, are wiser than their own.”
-Rupert Brooke

“Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyway.” -Glennon Doyle. Melton

“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
-Malala Yousafzai

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”
-Melinda Gates

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
-Michelle Obama

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul.”
-Coretta Scott King

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” -Nora Ephron

“There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
-Jane Austen

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” -J.K.Rowling

“The success of every woman should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” -Serena Williams

INSPIRATION IS A BAR, NOT A LIMIT, WHICH NEEDS TO BE RAISED.