Each year on the 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. As UN Women explains, “International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change”. When I think of inspiration or inspiring women, I do not have to think much further than the women who are currently participating in CRER’s Political Shadowing Scheme.
Some of them have crossed many borders to provide themselves and their families with a better life, some of them have worked in the shadows of great men and are now raising their voices to lead instead, some have defied their families and tradition and have sought an education, some work tirelessly in their communities and at the end of the day return home to start their other full-time job as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives.
I asked them to share with me what inspires them to challenge the status quo for women’s equality and demand positive change.
Read the powerful responses in their individual blog posts: Sangeeta Kaur, Rehana Faqir, Anu Roy, Judy Wasige, Vuyelva Mpongoshe, Samina Ansari.
"No one should have to dance backwards all their lives." - Jill Ruchelshaus