It’s been 111 years!
111 years of celebrating women internationally across the globe. Year in year out we’ve had great themes. To all women out there, happy international women’s day to y’all. Regardless of who you think you are or what you think of yourself, the truth is you are wonderful, gorgeous, and exquisite therefore I celebrate you!
This year’s celebration is theme is #BreakTheBias. And that just leaves me wondering.
What exactly is this bias? Yunno, what is this thing we are breaking?
According to Caroline Casey, the ‘bias’ is going beyond prejudice and, whilst that might seem obvious, we are fighting against prejudices so ingrained that most of us don’t even know they are there.”
So in clear terms, we don’t even know these things are there. They are obvious but it’s not a subject of interest. The popular narrative I know, you know and we all know is gender equality and what’s not. But what happened to equality among our gender? What happened to see your fellow woman as a blessing rather than a threat? What happened to breaking the bias and seeing ourselves as equals?
It’s one thing to say we see ourselves as equals and it’s another thing to actually see ourselves as equals.
I’ve heard a lot of women supporting women’s crap and at the end of the day, it’s all gossip, spies, lies and forming allies with your enemy’s enemy. Women going all out to sabotage another woman, spreading rumors and dragging their names in the mud.
Women loathe each other and look down on one another because they don’t meet up their supposed standards. Trivialities become the yardstick of how they treat the next woman.
So for me, this celebration is beyond breaking the bias with the other gender. Much more so, it’s all about breaking the bias amongst ourselves as females.
It’s up to me. It’s up to you. Challenge yourself as a woman to break the bias with your fellow woman. Treat them as equals regardless of how high up you are. Rather than mean and degrading comments, speak goodness and show support to the best of your ability.
At the end of the day, individually as a woman, we’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions to our fellow women all day, every day.
We can break the bias in our communities.
We can break the bias in our workplaces
We can break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities. From the grass root level all the way up, changing the world one woman at a time.
Till the next publication, keep spreading