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“Here’s to strong women”

Guest contributor Ashna Hurynag explains why International Women’s Day isn’t a gimmick; it’s a chance to remember the strength of the women around us.

Originally posted on Ashna’s own blog, Ashna’s Pastiche:

Women everywhere always have to work hard to achieve something. Anything.

The opportunities still aren’t quite there, and women are often questioned, “corrected” or criticised. But when they do get there and triumph, it’s even more praiseworthy.

So many women are under appreciated.

In light of IWD, I feel we should tell the strong women in our lives how much we appreciate what they do, and what makes them strong.

Not often enough are women praised or honoured for being powerful, hardworking and independent.

Yes, ‘International Women’s Day’ may sound like a gimmick to some who question – surely we should celebrate women all day, everyday – but I think having a day of celebration draws attention to what we often forget was and is a daily struggle.

I think being a women is rigorous, in countless communities cross the world women are still shunned, overlooked, doubted, demoralised and pushed aside because their anatomy is different from that of a man.

Years ago we couldn’t vote in democracy – but even today, some women are prohibited from driving or leaving the house without a man by their side.

So IWD exists for a reason.

Explore the hashtag #InternationalWomensDay and digress in the media storm surrounding the event because women aren’t celebrated enough. And, even if you roll your eyes at this “feminist garbage” just remember that if it weren’t for a woman – you wouldn’t exist.

Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

Image Credit: George Karkera for London is Fem

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