To celebrate and advocate women’s rights and global equality, WiredScore is honoring International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021. The theme for this year’s IWD is Choose to Challenge – an apt sentiment as the world faces the biggest global challenge of the decade. Yet, despite those challenges, we’ve seen the world rise together, and today we celebrate what it means to challenge, overcome and achieve.
2020 and 2021 have been big years for women overcoming globally relevant challenges. Women of the United Nations received global praise for effective handling of COVID-19 as New Zealand, Germany and Bangladesh (all countries with female leaders) trailblazed a response to the global pandemic. The United States appointed Kamala Harris as the first female, Black, and South Asian American Vice President – paving the way for more equal representation in positions of power as Harris is the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history. And Member of Scottish Parliament Monica Lennon’s four-year campaign to end period poverty in Scotland came to fruition as the country became the first to make menstrual products free for all in 2020.
We’re certainly making progress in creating a more equal, inclusive and progressive global society, but the work is far from done. If change continues at its current rate, we still won’t reach complete gender parity for another 99.5 years – and therein lies the real challenge!
Challenge comes in all manner of forms. Some challenges are global, and some are personal, some are big, and some are small, but all are valid. Shifting our global perspective to an internal view, the women of WiredScore have chosen to embrace this year’s IWD theme by sharing a moment they’re proud of, encapsulating a challenging time and celebrating overcoming that challenge.
Here we’re making space for the women of WiredScore to share their experiences, as we reflect on what it really means to challenge (be that the status quo, society, or ourselves) and we champion those who have transformed a challenging situation into a great achievement.