Happy International Women’s Day, Glitter Girls! Today, we celebrate the accomplishments of women everywhere and the many accomplishments that we make everyday to our societies, economically, politically, socially and the list goes on. From serving as strong models to our children to advocating for equal rights around the world, today is a day that is all about celebrating us as well as taking pause to understand the issues that women are facing around the world. This year’s theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” and focuses on the idea to accelerate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was formally adopted by world leaders at a 2015 UN summit. It focuses on reducing poverty, huger, disease and gender equality.”
Please take a moment to learn more about this day, and ways that YOU can educate yourself about helping with gender equality around the world:
- The official International Women’s Day website
- An article from The Telegraph (UK)
- The United Nations International Women’s Day Website
- Girl Rising – a global campaign for girls’ education; this is near and dear to my heart as my previous employer, Intel Corporation, under the leadership of my mentor, Shelly Esque (who was the Director of Corporate Affairs at the time) was a founding partner of this campaign which focuses on the importance of education to gender equality.
Last year, Eva read I am, Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. It is the story of young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who refused to be silenced by the Taliban and fought for her right to an education. She was shot at 15 by Taliban militants and was expected to die. Instead, she fought and made a miraculous recovery becoming a worldwide hero in the fight for gender equality and access to education. At sixteen, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In closing, if you have not yet read I am Malala, Eva encourages you to do so. In her opinion, this is a must read for girls everywhere.
Hilary and Eva