International Women’s Day
Every person can play a part in helping create better lives for women worldwide. We can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world. Supporting equality means ensuring all people have equal opportunities to make the most of their lives and talents, and that no one has poorer life chances due to their background or status. The call for justice across the world still rises as women seek equal treatment, conditions, and opportunities to those of men. International Women’s Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. It provides an opportunity for education and action that can drive greater change for women. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Its theme this year is “Be Bold for Change”.
May we move beyond prejudice to justice.
On this day let us commit ourselves to the promotion of the full humanity of all women everywhere. In the family let us never teach girls that they are inferior. Explode stereotypes whenever possible. Consider what Bold Action you can take for change.
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There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
After this he journeyed through towns and villages preaching and proclaiming
the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve accompanied him, and also some women, Mary called the Magdalene, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who were assisting them out of their means.
Only in the last half of the twentieth century did women begin to break down educational barriers and enter new world arenas. Only then did women historians begin to uncover the unpublished, unhung, unmarketed works of women from centuries past. Only then did ideas like these ever hope to see the light in print. Now we take the words for granted, but we fail to admit that nothing much has changed as a result of them.
Joan Chittister, OSB
No force is more unstoppable than a woman with deep conviction. She’s a teacher, entrepreneur, and peacemaker. She’s an innovator, nurturer, and warrior. She’s a leader. And yet, she’s limited by circumstance.
We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science. We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.|
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life, grandmothers, teachers, aunts, cousins, neighbors who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.
We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.
Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions…for safety on the streets…for child care, for social welfare…for rape crisis centers, women’s refuges, reforms in the law. If someone says, ‘Oh, I’m not a feminist,’ I ask, ‘Why, what’s your problem?’
The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.
Aung San Suu Kyi
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.
The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.