Reflections and Inspiration: International Women’s Day 2019

Last Friday, the 8th of March, was International Women’s Day and the occasion was acknowledged around the world with events, campaigns, marches and activities.

The theme was #BalanceforBetter. As the International Women’s Day website explains:

A Time to Innovate

Our very own Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women pointed out why it is so important to “Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for Change.”

“Our Global Innovation Coalition for Change brings representatives from the private sector, academia and non-profit institutions to develop the innovation market so it works better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Women and girls must have opportunities to contribute to making real change, and help shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact their lives. As we have seen from recent marches for climate action in Europe and elsewhere, they are ready to do so.

“When we put the focus on those who are least heard and least visible — whether individuals, or those hundreds of millions of informal-sector workers who currently have little or no official planning, or financial protection that will sustain them in ill-heath, childcare or older age — we are tackling some of the deepest-reaching social problems and can make the progress we want to see.”

What if Women Ruled the World?

Another excellent video released by The Economist to celebrate International Women’s Day asked the question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“The world would be a better place,” says Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia, and here’s why.

Changing stereotypes through pictures

A group of photographers dedicated to portraying women in “real and non-stereotyped ways”, supported the IWD 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign theme.

There are some beautiful images, each one unique and special – visit the IWD 2019 Image Collection and IWD 2019 Photo Competition

Changing how we see women in the world. Campaign Image from EyeEm.

Let’s tell our stories

There were also ample opportunities to tell stories, with UN Women sharing the unheard stories of incredible women, Visit:

We are definitely going to take some cues from them and tell more WDB stories about the amazing women who work for the organisation, as well as sharing sucess stories about our clients. Watch this space.

Image courtesy the Amplify Our Stories Campaign. UNWomen.

The day was a great reminder that there is still so much to be done to ensure gender equality, and that the aim of having #BetterBalance across all walks of life is not just a hashtag – the 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long and continues to be about taking action every single day.