International Womens Day

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Regarding my last post (which you can find here), I talked about the 17 Global Goals and which one's I was going to support. Even though I am working towards supporting those goals, I feel the need and  the right to support Goal number five, which is gender equality.

Today is International Womens Day, and Global Goals and everyone who is supporting Goal number 5 are bringing awareness to this event and day and are continuously supporting the movement towards gender equality. You can visit the Global Goals website (link here) for more information about the Global Goals. They also have a page dedicated to International Womens Day which includes charities and organisations to help progress gender Equality (which you can find here).

So, as it's a day of celebrating women and bringing to light notable charities and organisations to benefit women all around the globe, I thought I would share with you four women who inspire me! These women have impacted me greatly and have done some astounding work for the progression of women and men in today's society. So, (in no particular order) we have Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson.

Angelina Jolie-Pitt
I grew up watching Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider films, and from a very young age have always wanted to be like Lara/Angelina in the way that they have both embarked on amazing adventures. But as I have gotten older, I admire Jolie not just for her film work, but for her astonishing humanitarian efforts throughout the years. Jolie is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, but later got promoted to the rank of Special Envoy to High Commissioner, the first to take on such a position within the organization. This promotion was recognised after 10 years of humanitarian efforts. Jolie has visited many places in need of desperate humanitarian aid, such as Cambodia, Syria, Iraq and Kenya. As well as this, she has campaigned for many issues such as wildlife conservation, child immigration, community development, education, human right's and women's rights. She has also contributed and funded the building of at least 10 schools, education centers and medical centers in Cambodia. Jolie has also campaigned against 'sexual violence in military conflict zones', and in 2012 launched the 'Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative'. So, there are just a few of the amazing things the Angelina Jolie has done, and I'm sure you can see why she is one of my top inspirational women!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I first heard/saw Adichie in a TEDx Talk video on Youtube (which you can view here) where she talks about why she thinks everyone should be feminists. As the issue of gender equality has been very widespread on social media and on the internet this past year or so, I have never really thought about being a feminist or associating myself as one, until I watched this talk. It is a very thought provoking talk as Adichie addresses issues such as masculinity, femininity and how this has evolved throughout time. For the Beyonce fans among us, Adichie is featured in Bey's song 'Flawless' where parts of this speech was used. I really do recommend that you watch the entire speech as it truly does raise some interesting questions and made me view feminism in a different way. As well as this very famous talk on TEDx, Adichie is a renowned Nigerian novelist. Her works include Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), Americanah (2013) and We Are All Feminists (2014). 

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a very inspirational young women. When she was just 11 years old, Yousafzai started writing a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation. On this blog she also shared her views for promoting education for girls in the area that she lived in. This made Yousafzai receive a vast amount of media attention, in both print and broadcast, even seeing a documentary being made about her family and also receiving a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu. In October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus and was shot in an assassination attempt by a member of the Taliban and survived. After being in a critical condition for many months, she was stable enough to be brought to the UK for continued treatment. She now resides is the UK and continues her work on activism and education. In 2013, Malala co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential and to demand change. You can visit the website here. She continues to promote and raise awareness of female education, not only in her home country, but around the world.

Emma Watson
I think I have always admired Emma Watson, and have grown up with her watching her play Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. I identified with Hermione (and Watson) in many ways, mainly because I love learning and reading, and that is something that both Hermione and Watson are known for. But recently, Waston has been delving into activism, more specifically womens rights. In 2014 she was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador after travelling to Bangladesh and Zambia promoting education for girls and afterwards, helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe (website you can find here). Her speech at the UN went viral and spawned a vast movement for the HeForShe cause. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.

So, as you can probably tell, these women are very inspirational and have made vast changes for the progression and equality for women an many other causes throughout the years. One day, I would hope to achieve something similar to what these women have done as activists; I want to make change, I want this world to be better!

So, help us celebrate #InternationalWomensDay by supporting a charity, spreading awareness or by standing up for womens rights! I'll now leave you with a famous quote:

If you educate a man, you educate a man. If you educate a women, you educate a generation.
- Bringham Young

Love, K :) 

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