It’s that time of the year again which brings forth talks about women’s successes, strengths, power and resilience through myriads of celebratory attempts across forums. However, there’s always a chance that we miss out on the stories of those who don’t identify themselves with the societal definition of being ‘a successful woman’ or ‘a strong woman’ or ‘an ideal woman’ or the ones whose challenges are undermined by their immediate surroundings. Is the woman who identifies herself as a trans man not worthy of celebrations? Or the one who has never seen any successes in her career? How about the one who has chosen to be a stay-at-home mom and is not able to multi-task? Or that ordinary old lady next door who has lived an ordinary life with her cat and books? Don’t these undramatic attributes represent the most of us?
Then why do we overlook their perspectives? Why do we overemphasize our strengths and hide our vulnerabilities? Why do we pretend to know only successes when we are so familiar with the challenges and the ordinariness of our lives? Why do we believe in a utopic idea of women empowerment?
What’s true women empowerment?
Some of the first things that come to mind when we talk about empowerment are typically education, employment, strength and success which if you think of it, don’t really define women empowerment in entirety. Women empowerment is about being able to make your own choices, owning your own voice and owning your life. Say, a woman who’s employed out of need and not want, and is forced to take up household responsibilities alone once she’s back from work, while the husband relaxes away, it’s not a sign of independence or liberty. It’s another form of dominance. Educated or not, employed or not, women empowerment is about being comfortable in one’s own skin without feeling the pressure to be perfect, having the power to fall and rise for herself and not feel the need to fit into the definition of being ‘ideal’ or strong’ to be counted as worthy.
Changing the narrative
It’s time we changed the narrative to celebrate every woman with the individual and diverse qualities unique to them. We must embrace each other and help each other shine bright. And for that we must believe in ourselves first and hold ourselves accountable to be the change. Let’s look at how each of us can play our part to empower ourselves and our fellow women.
Amplify what makes you, you
There are unique qualities that make you stand out in the crowd. Acknowledge those qualities, own them and wear them proud. Put some pen to paper and write down what makes you, you and be proud of what you bring to the community. Writing it down works as positive reinforcement.
Don’t over-criticize yourself
This often comes very naturally to women – indulging in self-criticism. Before encouraging others and lifting others up, it’s important to lift your own self up. So, change the narrative of your mental chatter first – don’t beat yourself up for every mistake and don’t underestimate your smallest of successes. Make a conscious effort to mould those thoughts. Be your biggest cheer-leader.
Speak your mind
Don’t be afraid to take unpopular stance. If you have something to say whether it’s at home, in your social circle or at work, speak up and let your voice be heard. Be respectful and considerate about others’ views but don’t shy away from expressing your opinions.
Share your story
Once you have identified your core attributes and your list of abilities and talents, it’s time you get the word out there. Share your story with the world. Tell your friends, families, neighbors, get on social and other platforms and let people hear your narrative, your thoughts and your views about social, political, economic and civic matters or just get a glimpse of your life experiences. If you don’t illuminate your attributes and thoughts, it’s unlikely that others will on your behalf in today’s fast-paced world.
This Women’s Day, take a pledge to change the narrative by doing your part in telling your story. Tell your story and encourage other women folks to do the same. Before you know it, we’ll be in a better place to live in.
Own your voice! Share your story today!
Send us a video, photo, or write up telling your story or the story of a woman you admire. Participate in our Women’s Day Contest and get a chance to win up to $60.
Once we receive the stories, there will be a voting session among the panelists and the story with the maximum votes (likes, shares) will be the winner of the Women’s Day contest.
Few points to remember:
- Video can be 1-2 minutes long
- The writeup can be as long or as short as you want it to be
- Inspire 3 women, who have inspired you, to participate in the contest
- Send us your story by 7th March, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Women are stronger than the man, the skill, strength and the power is stronger than other any human
The woman I admire is my adorable cousin Mrs Amina Abah . When her daughter Ziva was born, she came with medical complications that would have made her not live a normal life. But my cousin, Amina, who is God fearing, prayed for her and took good care of her that she overcame all the complications at birth and now living a normal healthy life. I celebrate Mrs Amina Abah and her daughter Ziva on this year’s International Women’s Day
Women are future leaders.
Women is great person and great leaders
Behind every successful woman is herself.. 🙂
Behind every successful woman is herself..!! 😉
ووراء كل رجل عظيم امرأة 💞😍
A female entity etched in the heart of every indian
I always adimre my mother . As she is a single person to care myself and my elder brother . Not only that works as a teacher and give good education to the people as a teacher. Handling every situation in a cool manner and every problem stood before that as it come to us. Iam Always feel very lucky because a grateful thing happens in the become the son to you.#MYLOVELYMOM.
Women’s empowerment (or female empowerment) may be defined in several ways, including accepting women’s viewpoints, making an effort to seek them and raising the status of women through education, awareness, literacy, and training. Women’s empowerment equips and allows women to make life-determining decisions through the different societal problems. They may have the opportunity to re-define gender roles or other such roles, which allow them more freedom to pursue desired goals.
We must be celebrating woman day.
لا أحد منا يستطيع أن ينكر دور المرأة المحوري في هذا العالم بأكمله فالمرأة لا يجوز وصفها بنصف المجتمع لكن هي أكثر من ذلك بكثير ،فالمرأة هي تلك التي تحملك في بطنها تسعة أشهر وتعاني الكثير والكثير في هذا الحمل ،ومن ثم فهي التي تتحمل وترضعك قرابة عامين علي الأقل ،وهي التي تتولي معظم أدوار التربية العظيمة والأدوار الكبيرة والتفاصيل الكثيرة الكبيرة التي تجعلنا نقول وبلا أدني شك أن المرأة عنصر رئيسي ومحوري في هذه الحياة، وبالخصوص الممرأة المصرية التي من الممكن أن يتغرب زوجها من أجل لقمة العيش ويدع لها مسؤليات البيت كاملة ،نعم المرأة إنسان ممن حديد .طبتم بخير
Hello sir/ma’am! This is the story of the woman I admire.
“I have a great admiration and love for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Her courage, determination and resilience in fighting for girls’ education and women’s rights in the face of extreme adversity are truly inspiring. Malala’s unwavering commitment to education, even after surviving a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban, is a testament to her unwavering belief in the power of education to change lives and transform societies. She is a true hero and a role model for me and for millions of people around the world who believe in the power of education and the fight for equality and justice.”
My name is Dinh Duc Hau and I am from VietNam
My twitter: @Dinhduchau1
المرأه هي المجتمع هي الام والأخت والزوجه والابنه هي
الحنان والعطف والطيبه🌹🌷
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Women’s will be a future leader