Today, on International Women’s Day, Mindfulness Without Borders would like to reach out, honor and acknowledge all the important women in our midst. Personally, the women’s movement has inspired me to stand up for women’s rights and promote a more gender inclusive world. It is one of the reasons why I think it so important that Mindfulness Without Borders’ educational programs work to seed conversations on open-mindedness, appreciation for diversity and compassion. After all, understanding each other, valuing our unique experiences and treating ourselves and others with care and concern are key factors when it comes to lifting the barriers preventing social, cultural and historical change.
So, in honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, I decided to reach out to our global community to find out how this movement has impacted their lives. Their answers mark the beginning of what I hope will be an ongoing, longstanding and worthwhile discussion.
Here's what people are saying about the women's movement…
It’s changed my entire life! – Cyd J., California
The women’s movement taught me how to educate my children to be aware of gender issues and to work for a more equal environment I believe they are better people today. – Ella G., Kfar Vitkin, Israel
It helped me through my right to education and right to dress how I want. I feel very free and liberated and am empowered in my career, life, and my ability to be independent. – Marwa E-T., Egypt/New York
I have learned through the women’s movement that lasting, social change comes through collaboration, persistence, and a deliberate disrupting of the status quo. – Gary D., Guelph, Canada
The women's movement has shown me what it means to own my voice. To speak and live with purpose, having seen the transformative power of bold female voices in the world. – Elle B., Miami, Florida
It helped me question the status quo and taught me how vitally important it is for women to have a voice, equal opportunities and power in our world. – Victoria C., Phoenix, Arizona
It paved the way for me to succeed in my personal life and career. – Betsy Z.., Greenbrae, California
The women's movement has given me the language and tools to keep fighting for a better world for everyone! – Ronit J., Toronto, Canada
How has the women’s movement impacted your life?
How might you contribute to current initiatives or even start your own?
What are you doing to help better the balance?
Let’s do our part in creating a gender inclusive world! #BalanceforBetter
By Theo Koffler, speaker, author and founder of Mindfulness Without Borders – a charitable organization that facilitates programs and workshops to strengthen social and emotional intelligence and secular mindfulness in youth and the adults that surround them.