It’s almost our day ladies!
International Women’s Day is approaching that fast it’s tomorrow. While i think you should celebrate yourself every day, International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to reflect on being a woman while celebrating our achievements especially in a world that doesn’t really see us, disabled or not.
This day is also all about uplifting and empowering the women in our life, community and even women you don’t know personally. You see, we’re much stronger together and i believe that when you uplift another woman, you empower yourself.
This year marks the 110th International Women’s Day, after the first official event was held in 1911.
The history of IWD
In 1908, against a backdrop of terrible working conditions and exploitation, 15,000 women took to the streets of New York protesting for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
The next year the Socialist Party of America announced a National Women’s Day to honour the strikers, and in 1910 it went global – the Socialist International voted for the creation of a Women’s Day to advocate for suffrage. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, and more than a million people turned out to rallies in Europe. The United Nations made the day official in 1975, and the first theme to be adopted as part of the celebrations came in 1996 when the organisers chose “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future”.
Since then International Women’s Day has taken place on March 8 each year.
In today’s world, this day is a chance for us to celebrate all women while continuing to fight for equal rights.
Women’s rights are human rights!
This years campaign theme is ‘Choose To Challenge‘. So let’s challenge the world when it comes to disabled women – As a disabled woman myself it’s easy to be robbed of your identity just because you’re disabled, it doesn’t define me as a woman, it’s just one part of who I am.
It does unfortunately come with it’s challenges from accessing cervical smears, mammograms or just being seen as a woman not as a disabled person. The only way to ‘choose to challenge’ is to challenge the Society by sharing our experiences – no one will ever understand fully but they can listen.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a wheelchair user, visually impaired, have an invisible impairment or physical impairment, we are very capable of many things which may shock a few people. We are after all as human as everyone else. We feel pain, happiness, and love. Yes, we can get married, have sex, have a family, run a business or work for someone else, yes we can drive a car or sail a boat, be an athlete, teacher or doctor, we can be just about anything.
We just have a few things that make us that little bit more fabulously imperfect in an already imperfect world.
What do you ‘choose to challenge‘ leave me a comment
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