“If you feel strongly about a particular situation or practice, follow your heart. Often you will find others who have been looking for the same courage to speak out about the same subject. The more of you who collaborate together, the better and stronger you will be.” - Edna Adan (former first lady of Somalia)
This great quote that we found in today’s Huffington Post article by Senator Gillibrand is what we think International Women’s Day is all about: together we are stronger as women, but we all have to find the courage and ability to speak out about the issues we care about. For us, we care about women—everywhere, in every sector, everyday. We firmly believe that we need more women leaders in this world, and we can make that happen by empowering and supporting one another locally, nationally, and internationally.
So this 101st International Women’s Day, join us in our efforts to empower women in simple ways by:
1.) Recognizing women, especially those women who confront challenges in developing countries:
2.) Sharing this date with family and friends. International Women’s Day is gaining support in the United States (as this LA Times article highlights), but we still need to raise efforts to spread awareness beyond just the Google Logo! It’s not just about wishing your female friends Happy International Women’s Day, but everyone, for all women.
3.) Join the SAY NO UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign launched by UN Women.
4.) And yes, even play some Free Rice at work to support this year’s International Women’s Day theme “Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty.” Even the smallest bit helps and sometimes we all need a break!
What more can you do? Join us tomorrow in using the hashtag #everyday4women to tell your reason for why we need to support and honor women as if every day were International Women’s Day.