Celebrating Women: International Women’s Day

 

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I’ve been a long-time advocate for women and girls because I believe in the beauty, strength and value they possess. In many places throughout the world, women and girls are still marginalized, abused, treated unjustly and under-valued. Their unique gifts never opened.

To the women of the world… May you know that you are LOVED.

You are seen. You deserve to be heard. You are worthy of all life has to offer you. You are capable of greatness. You don’t ever need to compete with others, because you are enough. Your gifts and talents can never be taken from you, they are yours and yours alone. You do not have to settle for less. You have a voice. You have a place. Right here, right now. You were born with a purpose. Your destiny is calling you. You don’t need to be hard to make an impression because the gentleness of your heart is your strength. Your mind is an asset. Your heart and thoughts filled with love and possibility will guide you. Your dreams were given to you for your fulfilment and to spill out into the world. Dream big dreams. Even if you don’t believe them yet, keep dreaming them until you do. Keep your faith. Believe that God loves you and you are worthy of love. You do not need to fear. Take hold of courage and expect to find goodness in uncommon places. Look for love and you will find it because it’s already looking for you. Breathe in life, because it is short and you don’t want to miss any opportunity to see, really see, what can be. Teach your daughters the same. And whatever you do, don’t settle. You are worthy.

“I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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International Women’s Day 2014: “Inspiring Change”

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY is a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future with participants and advocates around the globe. Each year the United Nations declares an annual theme. The theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is “Inspiring Change”. View themes for previous years.

The vast array of communication channels, supportive spokespeople, equality research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives means everyone can be an advocate inspiring change for women’s advancement. -International Women’s Day

It is a day we are challenged to make a difference by “thinking globally and acting locally.” Thousands of events are held annually on March 8th to inspire, challenge, and celebrate the achievements of women around the world. Whether they are business or government-related, social or networking events, the world stops to take notice of the progress and impact of women in and on our societies. Other events will focus on uplifting, inspiring, or commemorating women through the telling of history, by serving us through education, or through a variety of artistic presentations. Whatever form it takes, and wherever we are individually, we will celebrate the achievements, advancements, and value of women, with a combined voice.

For a brief history and timeline of International Women’s Day, visit InternationalWomensDay.com.

What does the 2014 International Women’s Day theme “Inspiring Change” mean for you personally?

Follow the conversation on Twitter at Women’s Day 2014 and use hashtags #womensday and #IWD2014.

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International Women’s Day 2013: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby… But We’re Not Done Yet!

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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International Women’s Day 2013: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby… But We’re Not Done Yet!

 

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women past, present and future and their achievements.

As we read through history, and hear current accounts of the advancement of women’s rights, there is much cause to celebrate. Not because women want to be men, or because women feel the need to be superior to men. But because women being granted equal rights to treatement and access allows them to be treated equally as human beings.

So much has been said about the “War on Women”. In my view, the war on women includes anything that seeks to inhibit, destroy, demean, or deny a girl or woman her rightful place in existence. Not just at a certain point in history, or within her particular culture, but something even bigger than that. The war on women means the things that try to mess with her destiny to dream, be free, be valued, and to live her life fully. It’s about her purpose, her passions, and her very existence as a living breathing human being–one that will, if allowed, leave her unique impression in the world.

So blatant are these opponents, that they still dare to rear their ugly heads even in this so-called “modern civilization” of humanity. An old marketing slogan said, “You’ve come a long way baby!” But undeniably, there is still a long way left to go. That is why we continue to raise our voices, and to lead, not to be led. Let us think with our minds, feel with our hearts, for ourselves, and not be coerced into deception. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Things are constantly evolving, we must commit to being vigilant about the things that matter most. Walt Whitman said, “Either define the moment or the moment will define you.” In the same way, as fellow sojourners, we either choose to define ideologies, attitudes, and behaviors in our world based on immutable truth or, something else will define them for us.   

It is for the modern-day war on women. It is for those trapped in sex trafficking, and child pornography, and the corrupt hearts and systems of a broken world that perpetuate their enslavement. It is for the child brides, and those women who still today, are required to cover their faces as they walk the planet. It is because of dowry murders, using rape as a weapon of war, and all violent crimes against women. It is for the girls and women who are denied a proper education, property rights, medical care, or even a place at the proverbial table to simply let their voice be heard.

It is for the women who would have been, but whose voices were snuffed out before they could take their first breath–those counted as “nothing” through the assault of female gendercide and infanticide. For those baby girls who were denied their right to live just because of their gender, and for their mothers whose hearts are ripped from them, along with the daughters from their very hands and wombs.

So, today, I stand with so many other women (and men) around the globe who are grateful for the hard-fought accomplishments on behalf of women’s human rights.  And in the same breath we say, keep on keeping on, because we’re not there yet. It is nearing twilight, and there is still much work to be done.

Let’s celebrate the life, destiny, and freedom of all women–past, present, and future–their potential, their dreams, and their ability to accomplish great things with the help of a united voice championing their powerful destiny.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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