We are living in an amazing time in history; while there is pain and suffering that people endure on a daily basis, there is also great opportunity to bring change and be part of the solution. International Women’s day is held annually on March the 8th to celebrate Women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN), Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
The International Women’s Day date was moved to March 8, in 1913. The day aimed to help nations worldwide to eliminate discrimination against women. It also focused on helping women gain full and equal participation in global development. By celebrating Women’s Day, we get an opportunity to create more awareness about women’s issues and provide platforms for discussions and debate.
Despite being equally important in the equation of life, women of all ages and culture have had to deal with discrimination, marginalisation and neglect. Women’s Day is a day where women can get together and celebrate being a woman and all they have come through as women with a positive reminder of how much further they still have to go. Women being an integral part of our life should be honoured in such a way that makes them jovial. It is important to celebrate major achievements for women at home and around the world – for them to be empowered to face their challenges with boldness and learn to live like a hero.
Amongst female leaders, a lot of self-doubt, some overt and subtle discrimination, and motherhood can be considered some of the many obstacles they have had to face on their paths of becoming female leaders. Many have overcome obstacles on their journey towards becoming female leaders by standing up for what they believe in, and what they know to be right. Gender shouldn’t be a factor that determines whether or not a person is a good leader – a person’s leadership abilities should depend on their individual strengths and personality traits.
Women may not always realise how poised for success they are in leadership roles, but their potential and abilities are undeniable. The ability to balance professional and personal leadership skills are what makes women great leaders. The only way to overcome these perceptions and barriers is to have more women in positions of leadership; providing the support and being role models to women that desperately need to advance in their careers, bringing about change in the workplace, which can benefit all.
Sometimes in more conservative societies, it can take a bit more time to build trust, but if we are genuine about working together to better the perception and respect for women in our society today, then without a doubt, we are headed in the right direction.