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Inspire Inclusion: International Women's Day 2024

Why International Women's Day? The UN special reporter confirms "no girl school beyond primary and women are erased from public life in Afghanistan. Worldwide, girls are twice as likely to have no education. Women produce 80% of food, but 10% of them are likely to starve. It will likely take 300 years to stop child marriage".

It’s as though we take one step forward and two steps back in life. How is that even possible after all these years?

Today, as we celebrate the incredible achievements and perpetual struggles of women across the globe, we take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of inclusion and the role of individuals, communities and policies that inspire women's inclusion in all aspects of life. One thing is sure, true progress goes beyond just one day. This year's theme, "Inspire Inclusion," reminds us that building a more equitable world requires fostering a sense of belonging for all.

Why Inclusion Matters

"Diversity is the mixing bowl, and inclusion is the spoon that stirs the ingredients to create something new and wonderful." – Maya Angelou

Diversity brings a wealth of perspectives and experiences to the table. Inclusion is what allows those voices to be heard, valued, and empowered to contribute their unique talents.

ProjectASHA: Inspiring Inclusion in Action

Here in Lagos, Nigeria, ProjectASHA is a shining example of how inclusion can empower marginalized communities. Through their varied projects, ProjectASHA champions the rights of girls and women by:

  • Promoting girls' education: ProjectASHA tackles gender disparities in education by providing access to quality schooling and mentorship programs for girls.

  • Supporting women in ICT: Their initiatives equip women with the skills and resources they need to thrive in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

  • Advocating for policy change: ProjectASHA doesn't shy away from advocating for policies that promote equal opportunities for women and girls.

Inspiring Action: Be the Change

Inclusion isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Here are a few ways we can all be champions for inclusion, inspired by ProjectASHA's work:

  • Challenge unconscious bias: We all have biases. Being aware of them is the first step to overcoming them.

  • Embrace different perspectives: Actively listen to and learn from those with different backgrounds and experiences.

  • Celebrate diverse voices: Amplify the voices of women in your community, workplace, or social circles.

  • Advocate for change: Speak up against discrimination and promote policies that create a more inclusive environment.

Together We Rise

Inclusion isn't just about women – it benefits everyone. By creating a space where everyone feels valued and respected, we unlock a world of creativity, innovation, and progress.

Let's be inspired by the achievements of women around the world, and the dedicated work of organizations like ProjectASHA. Let's use International Women's Day as a springboard to build a more inclusive future for all.

What are your thoughts on inspiring inclusion? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Want to make a difference? Visit ProjectASHA's website to learn how you can support their mission of empowering women and girls

Happy IWD 2024






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