Women Empowerment Tag
I just want to say a big thank you to Abby from My Lifelines for tagging me in the Women Empowerment Tag. As you all may know, I am a feminist (where do you think my blog name comes from?).
My Lifelines has something called Women Wednesday, which I think is just fabulous! It’s such a great way to celebrate women and to also think about women empowerment.
Ok, so let’s begin!
1. What does women empowerment mean to you?
For me, women empowerment means that women can do anything. That they don’t need to be held back by anyone, or by any social constructs. Being empowered means that you don’t have to be worried about what could happen when you go out. It means not having these ingrained cultural norms be a barrier to women empowerment. It means every woman has a right to education, and the right to work shoulder to shoulder with men and taken seriously.
Women empowerment means being able to speak up and have the power to have a say about our rights. It means equality – equal pay, equal rights, equal opportunities.
2. What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
There are so many women I admire, particularly in terms of women empowerment. One person would have to be my Oma. In the 1950s, she travelled all the way from the Netherlands to New Zealand all by herself. She had one brother living here, and after staying with him for a little bit, she moved to Auckland and became a nurse. My Oma is someone I’ve always looked up to. She was actually saving up to go back to the Netherlands when she met my Opa, and decided to stay in New Zealand. Unfortunately, I never met her as she passed away when my mum was young.
“I am proud to be a girl, and I know that girls can change the world,” – Malala Yousafzai
Another young women I admire is Malala Yousafzai. It’s amazing to see how she made such an impact on the world, at such a young age. As an educator, I love it when there are people who stand up and declare that education is for everyone! Malala was not silenced by the Taleban, and continued to speak out about her beliefs. She is an amazingly brave person who was unafraid of the consequences. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
3. Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
Something that I can’t understand is how women are frowned upon for having a sex life. Why is it ok for men to ‘sleep around’, but why are women called whores if they have sex.
4. Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
I’ve learned that to be a leader, I need to be determined and courageous. I think that if you aren’t determined to achieve something, you most likely won’t achieve it! I’ve learned that you need to take risks and step out of your box. Taking risks is something I encourage my students to do – it means that you need to learn from your mistakes and that you need to try things that are different and be unafraid!
5. What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why?/What does it mean to you?
Girl Up was the one I have decided to shed light on. As an educator, I believe that women should have the ability to study in any field! STEM is something that I am especially passionate about. There is not enough emphasis that girls can study the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), despite it being traditionally a boy-heavy area! Girl Up focuses on getting girls quality education. Girl Up opens so many doors for girls all around the world!
Here’s a little bit of information about Girl Up from its website:
No matter their background, girls have the power to transform themselves, their communities, and the world around them. Girl Up is a global movement of empowered young women leaders who defend gender equality. Through leadership development training, Girl Up gives girls the resources and platform to start a movement for social change wherever they are. For those who stand with us in this movement, there is no rest until we achieve equal rights for every girl. Because when girls rise, we all rise.
Girl Up encourages girls to undertake leadership positions and gives them the skills to do so.
I have tagged:
Anne from Forever the Wanderer
Ruth from Ruth in Revolt
Laura and Amy from Flawkward
Chloe from ChloLauren
Answer these questions:
- What does women empowerment mean to you?
- What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
- Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
- Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
- What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why?/What does it mean to you?
Then tag 5 inspirational, powerful women to do the same.
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