International Women's Day 2016

As a young woman, I've grown up in a world where we've had a lot more freedom to pursue careers and have believes that 30 years ago wouldn't have been possible, and for that I feel privileged. Now, I want to think about what I can do to help young girls achieve more in 30 years time, and what better day to talk about this, than International Women's Day 2016. 

To be completely honest I didn't really take much interest in all political debates around equality and other important factors that are impacting the world until last year, when I stumbled upon a Tanya Burr Video highlighting that she had became an ambassador for United Nations, to promote the Global Goals. Somehow this video really struck a nerve, and I started to pay attention to things I was naive to before, specifically on gender equality - goal number 5.

You may think, why am I rambling about this goal? Well, it relates to International Women's Day, these goals are unachievable by 2030 if the first change isn't made, and that change is to empower women and girls so that we have the same rights as men. These rights should be shared at home, at work and anywhere that women may be put down because well we're women. 

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is #PledgeForParity.

Although there has already been a shift in dynamics for women's equality more can be done to ensure we have the rights were entitled too, just think if some woman 50 years ago hadn't stood up for what she believed she was entitled to, us girls wouldn't have the privileges we have today. We wouldn't be able to vote, we wouldn't be able to earn half the amount of money we do to and amongst other things you would never see a woman getting the opportunity to have her voice heard in political terms, and in general. 

So if you ask why should I try and do something, think about the future. One day you will have children, nieces or nephews, or just see a new generation being born you can make a change for them, just like someone did for you

It is as simple as sharing picture on social media, writing a post or going that extra mile and making a pledge by visiting here.
You may ask what I'm doing well I've pledged 'To Help Women and Girls Achieve their Ambitions.'
A simple click of a button can add to this growing campaign, and allow you to spread the word. All you have to do is print the pledge card for whatever you pledge by clicking here

I'm spreading my word on social media today, and embracing being a woman who wants to stand up for her rights, I hope that some of you join in on this passion. If you do let me know what you pledge in the comments or on Twitter.

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