Gandhi said “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
And in a society, which continuously devalues, dishonors, and represses women, it is crucial for women to claim their own personal power, to learn to value themselves, honor themselves, and set themselves free of judgments, limits, fears, and rules.We hear about women being killed, raped, sold, and abused all the time. And we may not have the power or the resources to prevent all of this, but we do have the strength and compassion within ourselves to support each other, to allow each other to express our deepest and darkest fears, to be a shoulder to cry on, to be a light in the darkness. On this International Women’s Day, let’s remember that being a woman is also about being a sister, a figure of integrity, and a strong leader who shows the way not with what she says but with what she does and how she lives her life. Let us be compassionate, and forgiving, and understanding, and let us take action to heal our wounds and to teach that humans are all equally worthy regardless of gender or sexual orientation.