I am Generation Equality: Realising Women's Rights

International Women's Day 2020 | I Am Generation Equality: Realising Women's Rights

Do we really need to have an International Women's Day? With the 8th of March fast approaching, many sigh and ask the question (again) of whether a special day for women is really needed. Shouldn't every day be Women's Day? Shouldn't there be a Men's Day too (there is; it takes place on the 19th of November).

Before we go any further, perhaps it's worth taking the time to remind ourselves what International Women's Day is all about. It was established in 1911 with the aim of honouring the achievements of women around the world whilst continuing to shine a spotlight on the need for gender equality.

2018's International Women's Day marked the centenary of women's suffrage and the right for women to vote. I wrote a piece in our Journal about this that I think is well worth reading and you can read it by clicking here.

This year, the theme for International Women's Day is I Am Generation Equality: Realising Women's Rights.

It may be 2020 but millions of women all over the world still suffer from a lack of equality, from being denied access to education to the #GenderPayGap, which has been a very real headline, with women - doing the same role as their male colleagues - earning less.

On a personal level, never before has highlighting women's equality been more poignant for me. Having had Elin, and thinking about her future - her peers' futures - I urge you to lead as you would like to be led and strive towards achieving gender equality just like how, over 100 years ago, our Mothers fought for us.

For the love and protection of our next generation, we must strive towards gender equality

Bringing this to Cocorose, may I take the opportunity to wish all of my fellow working women who, throughout adversity, strive to do their very best in their jobs, whether they're employed or run their own business. I know, it's incredibly tough at times, with so many sacrifices and I totally understand the feeling of one step forward, ten steps backwards. So I continue on my journey to celebrate YOU, our wonderful Cocorosers. My latest campaign, In Your Shoes, tells your wonderful stories, from all walks of life and from all around the world. Because, from one woman to another, we can achieve great things by standing together and supporting each other. 

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