International Womens Day By Jacinda Tayler

In case you aren’t familiar, each year on March 8th, over 100 countries commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) – the celebration OF women, FOR women, BY women and their male allies.

The earliest observance of Women’s Day was by the Socialist Party of America in New York back in 1909. At its conception, socialist movements and communist countries such as Russia predominantly celebrated Women’s Day before it was adopted by the United Nations in 1975.

IWD gives an opportunity for the world to celebrate known and unknown women of the past and present, who have and continue to struggle through oppression, abuse, imprisonment and even death, in the efforts for racial, social, political, cultural and economic equality and justice.

We will be forever in debt to the fierce and fearless waves of feminist movements throughout history such as the Women’s Suffrage movement and the Liberation Movement of the 1960’s which tirelessly fought for our right to vote, our right to pay equity, our right to healthcare, our right control our own bodies – simply our right to not be treated as second class citizens! If it weren’t for the activism and actions of the countless brave ladies before us, many of us wouldn’t understand or even know the potential and insurmountable value of our voices, our minds and our lives.

As far as we have come since its dawn, IWD is also a time to reflect that in many parts of the world, many women don’t have the same rights as those in more progressive, westernized cities and countries. While the acceleration for gender parity continues at varying degrees across the globe, the struggle will continue as long as women are treated unjustly in any corner of the world. As activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai so eloquently puts it – “I raise up my voice-not so I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

Stand strong with your sisters and know in your heart and soul, you are worthy of better. Know that your voice is as powerful as your favourite Bose speakers. Know that without you there would be no me. Woman give live and contrary to popular belief – I didn’t come from your rib, you came from my vagina!
*Nasty woman mic drop. *

–       Shout out to AYB for being a constant source of strength and inspiration for me to express my multifaceted womanhood. Thank you for teaching us we are not mere wall flowers for we are Venus fly traps! Unique and fierce with the ability to catch our ‘prey’ weather that be a promotion, a running marathon, a University degree or an advanced dance workshop while hungover. I’ve met so many driven and compassionate women at AYB and am excited to continue with slay sessions with them. Our strength is in our unity and diversity.
Peace and love my Queens!

Jacinda Tayler

AYB News Correspondent