Today I am thankful to be a woman in a country that sees my value. I am thankful to have the privilege to pursue my dreams. I am thankful to have the privilege to eat three meals a day. I am thankful to have the privilege to raise my children in a country not torn apart by war. I say privilege, because many women across the globe do not have the same opportunities that I do. Some Women in my own country do not have the same opportunities that I do.
Many women across the globe are not proud to say “I am a woman.” Many women are abused, sold and oppressed just for being of the female gender. When we celebrate this day, we celebrate it with the knowledge that we still have so far to go in fighting for women’s rights across the globe but we also celebrate it knowing that we are strong and that together we can make a difference.
Last year I pursued my dream of hosting a conference that would inspire women to go out and pursue their dreams. So often we sit back in fear of failure and watch our dreams fly by. What we need to remember is that we are blessed with the opportunity to dream, and when given the opportunity we have the privilege to pursue those dreams. This is not to say you should quit your job, take out a loan or sacrifice your relationships. This is to say that if you have the opportunity to pursue something you love, you are allowed to take it. Many women across the globe live in poverty and dream of a better life but have no means with which to pursue it. They do not have an option.
Recently I have noticed the many mantras being shared on social media. Sayings that talk about changing your circumstances, getting up and moving if you don’t like where you are and deciding your own destiny. These sayings sound positive, and encouraging, in the moment but if you think deeper, not everyone can just get up and move. Not everyone can change their circumstances. If you can, it is a privilege. There are women in our own country being abused by their partners. There are women in our own country who are homeless. There are women in our own country who do not have family support when times get tough.
So what can we do? We can continue to fight. We can continue to encourage the women around us to make a difference. We can donate clothing to local shelters, food to the soup kitchen and money to organizations that make a difference in women’s lives here and across the globe. We cannot stop just because we are satisfied with where our own lives are at, we need to keep fighting until every woman in the world is proud to say “I am a woman!”
If you live locally, here are two organizations that make a big difference in the lives of women. Think about the difference we could make if everyone, man and woman, donated $10 to the organization of their choice! On our own it may not seem like much, but together we can make a HUGE difference!
The Algoma Pregnancy Centre:http://algomapregnancy.com/
Women In Crisis: https://womenincrisis.ca/
Happy International Women’s Day!