Women have been held back for far too long by the entrenched laws, principals and misguided values that have held back the entire human race.
Empowering girls and women to believe they can achieve absolutely anything they set out to achieve is one of the UN Global Goal No.5 for gender equality in Sustainable Development Goals. Social constructs are still stacked against girls all around the world, but by showing girls from a young age that women are leaders in a whole variety of fields, we can change that. This is the generation that is going to drive for that change. YOU and I.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The theme for this year is Think equal, build smart, innovate for change focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
To me, the International Women’s day wouldn’t have come at a better time. The Forbes list 2019 recently declared that The 8 Under 30 In 2019, At 21, Kylie Jenner is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire ever. This was met with mixed reactions other calling her out that she is not a self-made billionaire and that she rode on the family’s name. As if that was not enough, Dictionary.com stepped in the shade room to let everyone know what self-made means. I am for the view that we’re all aided in something, be it school, workplace. She took an opportunity that was offered and she ran with it, which most people don’t do.
Are they jealous? Did it make some people uncomfortable? Or is it because she is a woman? No woman should have to compete equally. Ground level is not the same from birth. Most men are not aware of their male privilege.
“For 60 years, Barbie has championed girls, inspired generations to believe through make-believe and showed them that they have choices,” said Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president at Barbie. “The Barbie brand believes girls should never know a world, job, or dream women haven’t conquered.”
The Toy company Mattel, the creator of the iconic Barbie doll, launched a multi-year initiative in October 2018 called the Dream Gap Project — which is a global initiative that aims to give girls the resources and support they need to continue to believe in their own ability. Earlier this week they announced their largest lineup of global female role models honored to date by Barbie ahead of International Women’s Day.
The lineup includes a cross-section of women at the top of their game, whatever industry they’re in, in an effort to counter something known as the Dream Gap.
Some of the notable role models in this project includes: Brazilian surgery Maya Gabiera; Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka; German cycling champion Kristina Vogel; Canadian ice skater Tessa Virtue; US actress Yara Shahidi; British model and activist Adwoa Aboah; Indian artistic gymnast Dipa Karmakar; Chinese photographer Chen Man; and Australian journalist Ita Buttrose. Not sure how Serena Williams didn’t feature in this list though.
No woman should have to ask if they’re smart, or brave enough, and have no limits placed on their capabilities by society.
Let us create a world a that celebrates women’s social, economic, cultural & political achievements and call for gender parity.
Just like Pharrell Williams said, “Imagine the possibilities when women are not held back.”
Sources: Winnie Byanyima, Mattel, UN Women, UNDP.