Every year on March 8th, people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. This is a day to recognize the plight of many women around the world, still struggling for some basic rights, but also to celebrate how far many women and countries have come.
It’s sad that young women are still being shot, trying to protect just one of their fundamental rights; the right to Education. 14 year old Malala Yousafzai from Pakistani is living proof of this, but too many people still lose their lives in this struggle.
In Europe, Australasia and the Americas, Cisco women arrange events and share their own personal success stories to celebrate this day. Their hope: to educate young women to stand up for what they believe in, to talk about their past experiences, their diverse cultures, backgrounds and languages and to dare to dream.
So, you may be wondering why I’m writing about this activity now, almost 2 months later. We need to understand that International Women’s Day is not just about one day in a year. It’s about continually sharing knowledge, sharing ideals and dreams and empowering women and men, young and old, to believe in themselves and ‘to be the change they want to see in the world’.