This year’s Women’s Day Campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter.
I love the word balance. I believe in better.
When I was growing up, my father used to bring a little bouquet of flowers to my mom, me and my sisters every March 8 to celebrate us on Women’s Day. I never really understood the meaning of such a day back then. There’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Children’s Day (where I am from), and so on, but there’s no Men’s Day. But I really liked getting flowers.
Fast forward to 2019, I have decades of experiences to tell about why Women’s Day is such an important day for us women. Many accomplishments have led to women having the same rights than men have in Western civilization. Yet, there are many parts of this world were women are not that lucky. Those are the more obvious reasons. But there are many subtle ways in which all civilizations, Western, Eastern, and everything in between, show women daily that we still have to fight for our place. The challenge is understanding what we are fighting for.
Equality does not mean we want to take someone else’s place in a destructive way. We want to have the same opportunities.
Equality does not mean taking away the role men play in the family, work environment or society, but enriching it and enhancing it together.
Equality means not only being allowed to have choices but not feeling judged for the ones we make.
Equality means having the freedom to express in the same way men do without being labeled as damaged or any other negative connotation.
Equality means not only being respected for holding a high-level position at a job or being the owner of a company or the pilot of a plane but also believing that we can do the same quality job than a man.
Equality, in my mind, does not mean that I want to be a man or like a man without being a woman. It means that men and women are and can continue to be different yet have the same choices, opportunities, credibility and the belief that we all can. Because it is all a matter of balance.
Happy International Women’s Day to all!