First of all, I want to say I’m pretty proud of myself for actually being on schedule for the very first time, in terms of lining up with current events. I’ve missed so many days where I could’ve blogged spontaneously, which is something I prefer to do since I can come up with pretty good stuff on the fly, but today is an important day I could not miss talking about. For those of you who may (or may not) know, today being 8th March 2018 is International Women’s Day. Go us!!
Though as I’m writing this I have no clue where this post will end up, my goals are to hopefully impart knowledge to you all and talk a little bit about myself with regards to what it’s like to be a woman in today’s society.
As a sort of mini introduction for those of you who are new to my blog, I am a 19, soon-to-be 20-year-old female of British-Pakistani ethnicity. In terms of living in British society where I was born and raised I consider myself to be one of the fortunate women of colour who has not as of yet experienced a lot of discrimination or abuse. But of course, it wasn’t always like this, the main and potentially obvious reason why is because of all the women of colour who came before me, who fought and who experienced immense struggles just so that people like myself have opportunities, and are able to live a life with being subjected to discrimination, sexism and various other forms of violations.
When I was younger I used to hear about many inspirational women who did indeed fight for their rights as human beings, the very first being the suffragettes, and from then on I like to think the entire direction of what it means to be a woman without restrictions and violations was sprung into momentum. And of course, this is still going, the recent developments with the MeToo and TimesUp movements have raised many issues with society and also in terms of abuse, not only do I feel pride in my fellow women for standing up for themselves in the face of criticism, it’s also, in my opinion, reminiscent of the suffragette movement.
It’s made me realise that there will always be problems, that’s a given, but we, as women have a choice, to sit quietly and let ourselves and potentially millions of other women around the world suffer as a result, or to stand up for ourselves and for others. The main emphasis being for others too. We as independent women are the strongest of creatures, but when we band together our power can only increase. Sadly in today’s society, women are pit against each other in some sort of competition as if one will end up being superior to the other, but this could not be more false. We need to bring each other up and support each other, and from that, we’ll see strength and from that, we’ll bring about change.