Happy international women’s day, this year is a theme of CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE:

“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”

IWD sees a number of MISSIONS to help forge a gender equal world. Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is key.

IWD looks at: Women and Tech, Women Creatives, Women and Support, Women’s Health, Women at Work and Women’s empowerment.

International Women’s Day is powered by the collective efforts of all

Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day impactful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

For me I think I choose to challenge, pretty much every day from being a female in a male dominated role to challenging the way we do things within our society. I am proud to be a woman and I am proud to challenge the status quo, for eventually one day the world will be more of a balanced and equal place.