What is International Women’s Day?
Each year on the 8th March we celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a tremendous day where we celebrate everything women have achieved. In life, we often don’t take a minute to reflect and appreciate those who have inspired us, those incredible women are part our lives and figures who have helped shape the world we live in today.
'we should be allowed to live in a world free of bias'
International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked by a different theme each year, this year the chosen theme is #BreakTheBias. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness against bias, celebrate women’s achievement and to take action for equality. IWD want us to help break the bias as we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. At University we can break the bias, with our friends, our parents, in. the community. We can all challenge bias when we think it, say it or see it!
A world free of bias
Everyone should make a conscious effort to do this, we are all equals to one another, and we should be allowed to live in a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. The quote ‘you should never judge a book by its cover’ is something that I always live by. There have been many times in life where it’s not gone my way and that’s okay, but I always have my friends and family around me supporting me because they always take time to know why. If they did not, I would not have the right support around me, they never judge my situation before knowing it and that makes the best type of people. Taking this into the world perspective where there’s lots of good things happening but also bad things, we never know what’s going on and how people feel which is why it’s so important to make a conscious effort to stop being biased.
A single day in the year may not be enough to teach us that we are all equals but it does allow us to take a day out of our lives to appreciate those who have done such amazing things.
Who inspires me?
My inspirational figure is my mother, as cliché as that sounds she adopted me from China, allowed me to have the opportunities I have now but also treated me equally with respect. My mother taught me that the world is diverse, inclusive and that we should value each person equally.
Another person who I look up to is Rosa Parks. The confidence and resilience she showed by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger, helped spark a movement to repeal the law which enforced segregation on public buses in America. The courage Rosa displayed and passion she had towards creating equality is something that I am in awe of.
The IWD webpage has a collection of resources including LinkedIn Resources, why not take a look.
And strike the #BreakTheBias pose and tag myself and @cardiffstudents on social media.