International Women’s Day is an important day for both women and men worldwide.
It is a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
To honour this special day, we sat down with some of the FullCRM team to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day2022:
Most of us have grown up watching fairytale movies that always portrayed women as objects of beauty who never made themselves a priority and needed protection!! We need to break that bias! 'Where beauty is not necessarily Snow White in colour, Cinderella no longer needs to fit into glass slippers but can dream of breaking glass ceilings of the corporate world instead. Rapunzel does not have to stay trapped in a tower or wait for a Prince to rescue her, and a Stepmother doesn't always have to be wicked.' While some women worldwide still fight for their basic human rights of freedom of speech, freedom against violence, rights to education and property, some others face subtle but pressing everyday challenges as they make their way through being recognised as equals if not better. International Women's Day is a reminder to allow that Change within us and extend that support to those who need to be empowered, encouraged and inspired to be that Change! Awareness and financial literacy should be a step in that direction. We have a long way to go.... and we are not stopping here!!
IWD is a celebration. It is a time to acknowledge all the women who have paved the way for us to walk amongst men - in front and beside but importantly not always behind. I celebrate the inspirational women who have been brave enough to take on huge causes; gender equality, climate change, war, poverty, domestic violence. I also celebrate women that work everyday to move smaller rocks I am passionate about; work/life balance, women and girls in sport, women in science, women in leadership. Happy IWD to you all!
Callum Van Den Hoek:
I think in our company, the women here set an example for strength, intelligence and capability; none more than Helen, the Managing Director, who is incredibly assertive when required, but kind and caring the rest of the time. I definitely look up to her and the other women here as examples of what to be!
For me, the 8th of March is a celebration of Spring. In the Northern Hemisphere after long winter months, March comes with new life on trees, brighter and warmer days. These are the things I feel about my mum. She has given me life, she knows how to turn a dark day into a bright one, and her never-ending giving makes me feel protected and warm. Women's Day is a celebration of unconditional compassion and support women are known for, it's a day to recognise the kindness and beauty they/us bring into the world.
Women supporting and celebrating each other is an amazing thing - IWD is an excellent reminder for us all, of what we have to be thankful for in our lives, but also of how much more we can achieve when we bolster one another, when we combine forces.
From my work perspective IWD acknowledges the contribution women have made throughout the year, knowing there is often a significant contribution to many areas of family and community. Their perspective with all these experiences makes a better, more balanced environment.
International Women's Day is important to me because I have two young daughters. It is an international fight to give them a better world to thrive in. I sincerely appreciate how difficult it is to raise some of the issues women face and fight for change. These women, these fighters, are truly inspirational. I hope my daughters grow up to be inspired to make positive change, without suffering.
IWD is a day to acknowledge the struggles and adversity women before us have overcome to have what we have today. It is a day to celebrate and be proud of our mothers, sisters, girlfriends, colleagues and most importantly ourselves. It is a day to reflect on the current climate and know there is still so much to do for gender equality not only in our backyard but globally. It is a reminder for both men and women to keep fighting to break the bias every day, not just at work but also at home.
We wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day!