Today is International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to eliminating barriers for women to forge a gender equal world. From celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against gender bias and ultimately, taking action for securing equality for all.
This year’s theme is focused on #BreaktheBias and is encouraging everyone to be a part of the movement to help tackle the biases we face every day in our communities, workplaces, schools.
For International Women’s Day this year, we wanted to hear from the powerful and young women who make up the future. We reached out to all the fellow young girls connected to us at Conteur to hear their thoughts towards the day.
Out of the girls we asked, there was a 50/50 split of who knew what the day was and what it stood for. With a very special shout out to Cassidy for when asked if she knew what the day was, she simply replied: “No. Can I have a banana?” and it was at this point she went and helped herself and didn’t come back. Never change Cassidy!
We asked the girls a series of questions about their thoughts of International Women’s Day and here is what they had to say.
What is the best thing about being a girl?
Ella (12 years old): I think it is good being a girl because we get the same opportunities as boys in most parts of the world and that we aren’t expected to be perfect anymore, it’s okay to have flaws.
Safiyah (10 years old): Being stronger than boys, I do MMA.
Lyra (10 years old): Playing women’s sports.
Georgie (12 years old): The history. I think girls have always had to work for everything they have whilst boys were handed everything on a silver platter.
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Bella (13 years old): Feeling girly and gossiping.
Who are your favourite women in the world today?
Ella: My friends and my family.
Safiyah: Ronda Rousey. She is a Mixed martial artist and she’s won a lot of competitions.
Lyra: Sara Barielles (singer) and my friend Kimberly.
Arwen (6 years old): My favourite women are mummy and Miss Belle (supply teacher).
Georgie: My family.
Bella: My mum and sister.
What do you want to be/do when you grow up?
Ella: I am uncertain of what I want to be when I grow up but I am looking forward to exploring the variety of choices. I feel like I am leaning more towards Interior Design.
Safiyah: I would like to do something in sports.
Lyra: When I grow up I want to be a botanist.
Arwen: When I grow up I want to be a marine biologist.
Georgie: An actress.
Bella: I am not sure just yet.
How do you think you could change the world?
Ella: I feel like I could by speaking up and making myself heard.
Safiyah: I help my little sister be brave.
Lyra: I want to change the world by travelling, finding and studying unknown plants.
Arwen: I want to change the world by recycling and reusing to reduce pollution, especially in the oceans.
Georgie: Poverty. I would love to be able to give everyone a loving home.
Bella: To help save the planet.
It is safe to say that the future is looking very bright especially with these young women leading the way.
If you would like to find out more about International Women’s Day and to get involved by helping to #BreaktheBias, head to their website today – https://www.internationalwomensday.com/