Earlier today, I posted a picture of myself from two years ago. In that picture, I was holding a mic and was obviously making a contribution to a discussion at a women’s conference I had attended that year.
Fast forward this year, I look back and all I see is growth, maturity and progress. I do not regret those years when I seemed a little bit naïve about life. Those were days of learning, networking and nurturing. Of course, we made mistakes that we quickly overcame and those scars have become our superpowers.
Taking the focus away from myself, I believe women have invariably made progress in the fight for gender equality. Years gone by, and women are breaking barriers and shattering the glass ceiling.
Education has bridged the gap for women venturing into careers that were previously male dominated. As this year’s theme goes, ‘women are choosing to challenge’ themselves and those around them to aim higher in life.
Although societies are still fighting gender based violence, the fight has been progressive. With 1 out of 3 women who are currently facing violence, the possibility of making the count to zero is high. And that can be made possible through advocacy at the grassroots through to the top.
Science and technology
According to statistics, as of 2019, the percentage of women in STEM was 26 per cent as compared to 74 per cent of their male counterparts. Moreover, more female STEM students have had their future career prospects affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and there is a need for solution-based discussions around these areas.
As women, we must choose to raise our glasses to toast to becoming more confident in sharing our love and light in this dark world. In challenging certain norms, we must choose to be courageous even in the face of major threats and setbacks. We should also keep emboldening our foot prints in the sands of time in order to teach our girls the way to go.
I would like to congratulate all women who are making strides in changing the narratives. Choose to challenge!