08 Mar The Women Of Urbo
International Women’s Day (IWD) is upon us! The global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. It traces back to March 8th, 1909 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York standing up for their rights.
The theme for IWD 2018 is #PressForProgress. It promotes the growing worldwide movement of support surrounding gender parity and sexism. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp – now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.
Here at Urbo we’re really getting into the spirit of IWD by speaking to a few of the women behind Urbo.
Rachael from our Digital Media Department – “Given the day that’s in it I feel the need to mention Maya Angelou – a woman who influenced me and many other women around the world. I first read her poetry when I was in school I was 16 years old and I took a huge interest in her. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. She used her own personal experiences to encourage us all to be strong and push through life with confidence and her words continue to inspire even after her death. She was one of the world’s many great female role models.
I’m very fortunate to have many inspiring and strong women in my life who have shaped the person I am today. I’m so proud of the women who fought for our rights, and the ones that are still on going. There’s so much more to be done and we need as much help as possible. It’s always work in progress. ”
Shauna from our Creative Media Department – “International Women’s Day is a day for both men and woman to be proud of. This day is such an achievement for the development of society and how our consciousness has become more aware of the right morals we should display for other generations to follow. It’s a monumental day that not many celebrate, personally it makes me appreciate the many women in my life who have shaped and changed the ideologies of their actions in society to others around them. Proving that anything is possible whether you are of a different race or sex, opportunities and resources are available to anyone who values their place in society. Woman have proven to overcome many obstacles in the past 100 years that have made history and made this day more meaningful for millions around the world. GO US!”
Egle from our Graphic Design Department – “International Women’s Day is a celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women. In Lithuania where I’m from, IWD isn’t political and is simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way similar to Valentines and Mother’s day. On this day women feel empowered and embrace their femininity, I feel it should be this way every other day of the year, not just on IWD.”
Even though March 8th is different in every country and culture, collectively it’s a day of global celebration and a call for equality.
How will you #pressforprogress in 2018? Visit www.InternationalWomen’sDay.com/pressforprogress