Last year we pressed for progress. This year, we are balancing for better and we will continue to push the envelope till the whole world gets the memo. Borrowing words from the official theme article for International Women’s Day, “balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”
As we try to shred societal blindfolds that have sidelined the full potentials of womanhood, here’s beckoning unto women- you and I- to also bravely step out of mental inhibitions and position ourselves for this balance.
Scrolling through the internet one day, I stumbled a post by Life Coach and Founder of The Refresh Leadership Circle – Ekene Ajene Onu- where she profoundly spoke about how women need to show up as themselves and not who the world expects them to be. It did rev something in me, seeing as I have personal experiences where I constantly limit myself to avoid making other people uncomfortable.
We do not have to walk on eggshells to convey and execute our opinions and ideas. We do not have to dumb down our magic just because we do not want our light to blind others. We do not need permission to be at our most creative and going forward, we are going to gradually build the confidence that we need to be the ultimate best versions of ourselves.
Here are a few things I’d like for us to remember as we mark this special 8th day of March 2019…
We are first human beings before any gender tags, we are limitless, we lose nothing by helping other queens fix their crowns, and, we Matter AF.
On this light note, here’s rounding things off with a favourite toast quote (albeit cliche and most battered every IWD).
To strong (graceful, purposeful and intentional) women…
May we know them,
May we be them,
And may we raise them.
Happy International Women’s Day!