#ChoosetoChallenge IWD 2021

International Women’s Day (IWD) is always an important moment to reflect on the gender inequality that still exists all over the world.

This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge.

Today, and hell every day, we can choose to challenge, and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to celebrate women’s great achievements and create an inclusive world.

We all have our own thoughts and actions, so why not focus on your own individual responsibility to act and challenge the inequality in our everyday lives.

Now, this doesn’t mean you need to set up a debate at work or go on a protest march (even though these are great ideas!). This can be as simple as looking at yourself and no longer dressing and look pleasing to the typical man, but for yourself. Reclaim yourself and grow into your skin and feel comfortable to tackle bigger issues outside of yourself. Why not host a girl’s movie night, maybe watch Girls Can’t Surf, and strike up a conversation with friends on how they feel.

Challenging can be hard, especially when you have a difficult person ahead of you, or the time and place don’t feel right. But know that your feelings are valid, and you deserve to feel safe, respected, and included. Back yourself and surround yourself with others who will do the same.

As IWD states, a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

How will you act to form a gender-equal world?

Check out the IWD website for more information.