International Women’s Day 2019

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#BalanceForBetter #IWD2019

The purpose of International Women’s Day is to bring attention to the social, political, economic, and cultural issues that women face, and to advocate for the advance of women within all those areas. It is also seen as a day that recognizes women who’ve made significant contributions to the advancement of their gender.

It is unfortunate that some women have to go through the harsh cruelties of gender-based violence, inequality in the workplace and being looked down upon by society.

Gender imbalance in the workplace

If only the conversation ended there and we took on the challenge as it was, found several possible solutions and implemented them for a chance to report on the success or otherwise, depending on the metrics in question.

Big corporations would seem to be tough and unwavering in such matters but just last year, an upwards of 200 sexual harassment complaints were filed by women employees in Microsoft, one of the biggest tech giants in the world. Nike isn’t any better as several lawsuits have been filed by previous employees willing to speak up about this shameful culture. C level executives have been forced to resign due to related accusations indicating that the infection has spread far in the organization.

As the #MeToo campaign emerged; which turned a complaint into a global movement, it was shocking to discover that there were so many victims of gender-based abuse, not just in corporations but in deep in the government as well. A conversation based on sexual violence was thrust into the national dialogue following the emergence. The #MeToo Movement sought to implement strategies in order to sustain long term and systemic change.

It is no secret that cases of domestic violence and violence against women are as common as they’ve always been with a reported 87,000 women dying as a result of the same. Just this week, reports from Saudi Arabia claim that the Saudi Arabian government was arresting and torturing women activists in the country. While the accusations are being vehemently denied, this is a world headline in 2019.

What’s amazing is the resistance that has now become a force to be reckoned with. We can no longer cower nor sit in the face of discrimination and the implications thereof…

We agree with the Oak Foundation initiative which can be summarized as follows: We envision a world where women have the rights, capacity and opportunity to live their lives free from violence and enjoy their full and equal human rights.

Raising awareness to end violence and #BalanceForBetter is about changing people’s hearts and minds—in Governments, civil society organizations and in the general public.

To the millennials and upcoming generations, it is a vital responsibility to put an end to some archaic views on the subjection of women which are based on what seems like an old wives’ tale.

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