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  • Writer's pictureOscar Gonzalez

Sunday Readings: 8M, Not Just For Flowers and Chocolates

By Oscar Gonzalez

Celebrated every year on March 8th, International Women’s Day is a testimony to the relentless pursuit of gender equality. Its roots are planted in the early 20th century movements for women’s rights and suffrage, beginning as National Woman’s Day in 1909 in the United States to honor the garment workers’ strike in New York. It blossomed into a global celebration of women’s achievements and a rallying cry for gender equality. Over the years, it has sparked significant milestones in the fight for women’s rights, from the suffragettes’ campaigns for voting rights to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. Today, it’s a worldwide celebration that shines a spotlight on women’s contributions to society, while also drawing attention to the challenges they continue to face. Sunday Readings wants to pay a small tribute to all the incredible and inspiring RCCbpo women and, at the same time, invite men to educate ourselves on how we can help to build a more inclusive and equitable society for our mothers, sisters, daughters, colleagues and all women out there making things happen anonymously.

Girl Power In Today’s World

Despite advancements, gender inequality continues to haunt workplaces, manifested through wage disparities, limited leadership prospects, and gender-based biases. This occasion serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for workplace parity. Simultaneously, pervasive global violence against women results in millions enduring physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. International Women's Day stresses the critical need to eliminate all forms of violence and create safer environments for women. Additionally, it underscores the obstacles in women's healthcare and education, crucial areas that demand attention. Ensuring quality healthcare accessibility, protecting reproductive rights, and promoting equal educational opportunities are vital for women's welfare and empowerment. It's a call for immediate action, transformation, and unwavering commitment to building a fairer, more egalitarian world.


Women Making a Difference

Women are not merely influencing the world; they are reshaping it. Pioneering figures like Malala Yousafzai advocating for girls' education and Jacinda Ardern, exhibiting grace and determination in leading New Zealand through crises, exemplify women's impact in various sectors. Even in traditionally underrepresented fields like STEM, female scientists, engineers, and innovators are breaking barriers and making substantial contributions. International Women's Day recognizes these achievements and promotes further female engagement in STEM disciplines. Beyond this, women play a pivotal role in climate change advocacy and environmental protection endeavors, striving to preserve the planet and secure a sustainable future. Their advocacy and actions are not only significant but indispensable in tackling the pressing challenges posed by climate change.


Marked by a diverse array of global events, from stimulating panel discussions to captivating art exhibitions, International Women's Day serves as a unifying beacon for women and their advocates. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring action, and nurturing a sense of community. Participation in events, sharing resources, endorsing women-owned enterprises, and amplifying women's voices on social platforms are just a few ways to show support. Recognizing every woman's achievement, irrespective of their background, is a celebration of their resilience, creativity, and fortitude, exemplifying the unwavering spirit of womanhood.


Women Day, Every Day

Creating a supportive network for women involves providing mentorship, establishing safe havens, and championing inclusive policies that endorse gender equality. It is about uplifting and empowering one another, fostering an environment where women not only exist but thrive. The fight for gender equality transcends International Women's Day and demands daily commitment. Challenging stereotypes, advocating for diversity, and supporting equal rights are vital in constructing an inclusive and just society. In our daily lives, we all possess the ability to effect change. Advancing women's rights can be as straightforward as listening to their stories, educating ourselves on gender issues, supporting women-led initiatives, and backing policies that promote gender equality. Remember, any action, regardless of its size, contributes to the ongoing battle for women's rights.


Not Just for Flowers and Chocolates

International Women’s Day, far from being a mere exchange of flowers and chocolates, is a vibrant celebration of women’s achievements, a reflective pause on the strides made in the fight for gender equality, and a poignant reminder of the work yet to be done. It’s about recognizing the day’s history, understanding the challenges women face, and highlighting their accomplishments. It’s a call to action, a call to empower women every day, and a call to make a real difference in the world. The importance of this day lies in its ability to raise awareness about gender inequality, celebrate women’s achievements, and advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. Getting involved is as simple as attending events, supporting women-owned businesses, advocating for gender equality, and taking action to empower women in your community. And remember, supporting women’s rights isn’t a one-day affair. It’s about being a champion for gender equality every day, challenging stereotypes and biases, promoting women’s voices and leadership, and advocating for policies that advance women’s rights. It’s about making everyday count in the fight for women’s rights.

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