I strongly believe that feminism isn’t just some arrogant idealism that portrays women as the ‘master gender’ and deems everyone else as irrelevant. That’s why International Women’s Day is a celebration of everyone, regardless of labels. That’s what makes it so important.
This year, they’re focusing on balance for the better. Bettering everyone’s lives by the inclusivity of each and every person, regardless of gender, race or any other pigeon hole that society seems to have placed us all into. The term ‘Feminism’ seems to be one of those things where it must be debated – everyone must have an opinion and everyone MUST either be on one ‘side’ or the other. Not this year. This year, IWD is holding their doors open for everyone and inclusivity is their aim.
It’s 2019 after all
To me, International Women’s Day is a day of appreciation. Appreciation for my strong female friends who inspire me every day, appreciation for my mum who raised me all on her own and never failed to put her kids first and an appreciation for the day and age of which I was born. I think we tend to forget these days that women across the globe fought hard and recklessly for our rights. In a way, I’m almost happy that we’re in the position of forgetfulness, as it shows that we’ve come a long way in society. That being said, we still have much to improve on.
With a heavy emphasis on the inclusion of everyone, IWD is looking to bring light to not just the inclusivity of people, but gender balance throughout society. Whether this is in boardrooms, media coverage, employment, wealth, sports and even government. With a focus on these issues, I think that it’s highly important to highlight the areas that we all need to work on and not just those in power. We all need to realise that the change doesn’t just happen, it isn’t just going to turn out okay. We need to fight for change, and the difference between exclusion and inclusion is you and me.