Recently, we celebrated Women’s Day and many countries joined applauding women’s achievements, recognizing our contribution in different areas of human development. In social media, there were beautiful messages and encouraging words for us, and on the streets big demonstrations claiming equality and justice for women around the world. Day for celebration, but only for some…
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We tend to forget the fact that we can celebrate is a privilege; there are millions of women around the world who lack the basics and have no reasons for celebration.
This piece is dedicated to us; those who have the freedom to celebrate, the privilege to education, and therefore the responsibility towards other women who are not in this position. We have the tools to help, to encourage, to assist and to support other women around the world, so why not start doing it!
I believe that, because we are fortunate to know and to celebrate, we must help those who cannot!
There are thousand of organizations that can serve as a vehicle to help; here is a small sample of them:
Their entire effort is focused on helping women affected by war and conflict. It has been proven that women are the ones who build houses, schools, hospitals, and gardens to keep life going in the battlefield. These mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and nieces become teachers, doctors and farmers in severe life threatening situations.
This organization operates mainly in Asia and its aim is to reveal the leadership potential of women by providing lifelong mentorship, and innovative financing options to complete higher education and become change-makers in their communities.
After witnessing women being bitten in her neighborhood, Sampat Pal Devi, a simple woman from Northern India armed other women with a bamboo sticks to stop the abuses. The news spread like wild fire and soon women started approaching Sampat requesting similar interventions.
Gabali Gang supports and trains women to enhance their basic skills to become economically secure and develop confidence to protect themselves from abuse through sustainable livelihood options.
There are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking globally and this number is not shrinking.
Organizations like Polaris bring awareness and collaborate with different businesses around the world to stop this abuse. Their mission is to help survivors restore their freedom; prevent more victims to become part of the statistics, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.
There are thousands of organizations that you can collaborate with, but there are also a lot that you can do with those around.
Today we are afraid of intimacy, and we are lacking deep connections with those around, as a result, many issues of abuse, pain, and loneliness have become invisible to us. And in many cases, this is fertile ground to be disconnected of our own personal celebration as women.
I encourage you to get involved with other women in helping women, in helping children and in assisting the ones in need. You will get a deep sense of worthiness, strong connection with your values, and a great admiration for your own humanity.
Be brave, be present, be conscious and celebrate women’s day!
By Ivonne Garrido