Make it Happen

International Women’s Day is an annual event that sees millions of people celebrating female’s achievements and inspiring women worldwide. Many countries recognize the day as an official holiday, including: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Laos, Madagascar, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam and many more. This year’s theme called Make It Happen encourages individuals to take action toward gender equality and to globally recognizing women’s conditions. Gender equality is a human rights issue that requires everybody’s participation, starting with myself. Therefore, I am committed to take actions against all forms of violence and discrimination towards women and girls. I was fortunate to be born in a first world, developed, liberated and progressive country that is Canada. Consequently, it is my obligation to make sure that other women benefit from the same privileges that I have. Hence, I am fighting for gender equality, and so should you.

I am fighting for gender equality because in 2015, only 50 per cent of the world’s working-age women are in labor force, compared to 77 per cent of working-age men.

I am fighting for gender equality because women still earn only 77 per cent of their male counterparts’ revenues.

I am fighting for gender equality because 62 million girls are refused the right to education all over the world.

I am fighting for gender equality because 15 million girls under the age of 18 years old are forced to get married annually.

I am fighting for gender equality because 4 out of 5 victims of human trafficking are girls.

I am fighting for gender equality because more than 125 million girls are affected by female genital mutilation.

I am fighting for gender equality because American women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are more likely to be raped by a comrade then killed by an enemy.

I am fighting for gender equality because in Saudi Arabia, women are forbidden to drive.

I am fighting for gender equality because women aged between 15 to 44 years old are more at risk of rape and domestic violence than cancer and car accidents.

I am fighting for gender equality because in politics, women represent only 22 percent of international parliamentarians.

I am fighting for gender equality because 1 in 5 women on American college campuses have experienced sexual assault and society still asks how she was dressed.

I am fighting for gender equality because 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.

I am fighting for gender equality because men still dominate top rank jobs in every industry worldwide.

I am fighting for gender equality because feminists are still perceived as angry, man-hating, unattractive, hairy lesbians, while every person, male or female, who beliefs in gender equality is actually a feminist.

I am fighting for gender equality because feminism and gender inequality are still seen as only women’s issues.

I am fighting for gender equality because breasts are overly marketed and perversely used to sell everything, while it is still unethical and unorthodox for a woman to breastfeed her child publicly.

I am fighting for gender equality because I was told that being single was pejoratively labeled as unconventional and had nothing to do with independence and freedom.

I am fighting for gender equality because children movies, books and advertisement told me I could only achieve great happiness and personal fulfillment through the arrival of a man in my life.

I am fighting for gender equality because of the ceaseless and unbearable pressure that was put on me at a very young age to look unrealistically skinny and flawlessly attractive.

I am fighting for gender equality because of the rise of labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, lipectomy and breast implants in young women.

I am fighting for gender equality because words like “bitch” and “pussy” demonstrate how the worst insult is to be a called a women.

I am fighting for gender equality because by integrating this world as a girl, I am incredibly disadvantaged, held back by society and associated with wrongful labels.

I am fighting for gender equality because when I saw a neurologist concerning chronic migraines, he told me I was just like every other capricious and complaining young girls.

I am fighting for gender equality because whenever I share my bold and adventurous ambitions, I am told they are just dreams.

I am fighting for gender equality because I do not feel comfortable to walk alone in the streets due to verbal harassment.

I am fighting for gender equality because I am human.

9 responses to “Make it Happen

  1. Awesome work! So many reasons to continue the fight! I really liked that you included some personal reasons as well as the statistical ones. I’m so glad you liked my article too. Keep it up! x

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    • Thank you for your great comment. I really appreciate it. It is a tough fight, but together we can succeed. Please feel free to come back and leave feedback on my blog as often as you would like. I always love to read your comments!

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  2. Bravo! So well said! This is beautiful. Thank you, Noemie. I appreciate your comments and I’m so glad I found you. Thank you for visiting my blog as well! I look forward to much more shared sisterhood.

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    • Hi MissShellBelle! Thank you very much for your great comment! I really appreciate it. I am as glad as you are to have found you. You have such a great blog! Please feel free to come back and leave feedback on my blog as often as you would like. I always love to read your comments! I look forward to build great friendship through our blog. Take care xo

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      • I agree, Noemie! I look forward to building a great friendship through our blogs!
        Best,
        Michele

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  3. Powerful! I identify with lots of your points! I worked in a psychology research lab where we promoted breastfeeding and we talk about the double standard of “exposure” constantly. And I love your last line: the fight for women is the same fight for all humans. We all want and need to flourish. It seems everyone has a slightly different opinion on what that looks like exactly, and different levels of motivation for “making it happen.” Thanks for your dedication which inspires others.

    In the school where I teach, there is a sign that says, “Girls who read will change the world.” I’m glad to have read your post! God bless you – keep fighting the good fight!

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    • Hi Emily and Caroline. I want to first thank you for your great comment. I really appreciate it getting feedback and reading from you. It is a tough fight, yet together combined, we can make great changes. I am sure you are a great inspiration as well for all the people you teach. I am glad I have found your inspiring and truthful blog. I will definitely keep on reading what you post. Please feel free to come back and leave feedback on my blog as often as you would like. I always love to read your comments!. Take care xo

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