International Women’s Day (IWD), Sunday, celebrates the strength, courage and challenges of women and dares us to promote ways to ensure the dignity of all women and support them to live life to the full.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. Proverbs 31:25
The Good News: With God enveloping us in love and strength, we have absolutely no reason to fear for the future.
IWD is about equity in equality. The IWD website states, “An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”
This effort is not for one group or one gender. Rather, it is the collective effort of all who are about human rights. They suggest these six areas of focus for this entire calendar year.
- Champion women forging tech innovation
- Applaud equality for women athletes
- Forge inclusive workplaces so women thrive
- Increase visibility for women creatives
- Empower women through health education
- Support women to earn on their own terms
Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions — all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
Submitted by Kelly Herron, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Prayer service from the Sisters of Mercy in recognition of International Women’s Day: