Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day when female colleagues send funny chain emails to one another and men buy roses to their beautiful ladies. But this day also gives us an opportunity to look deeper into our society and gender equality. While here in Europe gender equality has come a long way, there is still plenty of room for positive change here, as everywhere on the planet.
I want a world where women get paid the same as their male colleagues when they are doing the same job, where women have the right to make decisions concerning their own body, a world where women can walk on any street in a summer dress without feeling afraid, where two women in love can marry each other, a world where women are treated with respect from the moment they are born till the day they die.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
Respect yourself, your body, your right to say “yes” or “no”, your right to decide. Love yourself, aim high and the world will follow.