International Women’s Day Challenge: Choose To Be Disability Inclusive
Every year in March we mark International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating women but also for highlighting the struggles and inequalities that still exist for women around the globe. This year the theme selected is “choose to challenge”.
The “choose” aspect of the theme feels especially poignant since the last few years have seen more people than ever come to realise that the work of social justice must not be passive or performative, it requires real engagement and an authentic commitment to action. It is also an important reminder to those of us that are in a position to choose that choice is a privilege unavailable to many, making it all the more important that those who can take a stand, do.
The “challenge” aspect of the 2021 theme is a little more open to interpretation, and no doubt means different things to different women. For me it resonates most in the context of challenging stereotypes and societal norms since that is what so much of my work is really about, but challenge could also mean to confront discrimination or oppression, and it could mean to challenge yourself.