Today, on the 8th March, we once again celebrate International Women's Day. It is now the year 2022, and no Country in the world has achieved gender equality. My, but it's a slow process! The theme for 2022 is #BreaktheBias. The Campaign asks you to cross your arms in solidarity to call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping. Together we can forge women's equality.
I think it is important to talk about this event each year on my Blog, as we celebrate women everywhere, all over the world, and recognise the progress that has been achieved, and to give thanks for all the courageous women over many, many years, who have fought for women's rights. Rights that promote a position of legal and social equality of women with men.
Huge strides have been made over the years. Certainly since the 1960's when I was a young woman. We didn't have a lot of the freedoms or rights that women have these days. Women certainly were not allowed to get credit under their own name. So a mortgage would be out of the question. Women at that time were very much looked on as mothers and homemakers. Hard to believe, but right up until the late 60's, women were not allowed to wear trousers in the workplace.
Of course, if modern mums want to still be stay at home mums and raise their children themselves, there is certainly nothing wrong with that. In fact, in my eyes, that is to be lauded. Many women these days, of course, HAVE to work, purely for financial reasons.
Personally, I feel that the #metoo movement has been such a good thing for women, and I applaud women who have had the courage to speak out.
I suppose my point is, that the younger women now have CHOICE, which was certainly not available before, and that, surely, has to be good for everyone.
My wish is that my granddaughters will live in a world where they can be anything they want to be. I also take this opportunity of celebrating all the women that follow my Blog. Remember, you are ALL special and you are ALL important.
I also honour my two daughters and two granddaughters today. My eldest granddaughter runs her own Company with her best friend, which tackles sexual harassment in the workplace. It truly saddens me that, in 2022, this is very much still going on.
Today I also think of all the poor women in Ukraine, and all that they are suffering at the moment. My prayers go out to each and every one 🙏🏻🇺🇦💙💛🇺🇦