International Women Day at our partner NGO

March 08, 2015

Today is a tribute to all women. To all women who struggle to succeed in what still is a men's world. A tribute to all women who believe and fight every day to achieve their potential; to all women who are called "the fragile gender", and yet are the only ones able to bare the pain of giving birth.

Today is a day to raise awareness to the fact that women deserve equal pay checks, equal respect, an equal voice in the society, an equal number of leadership positions. Today is a reminder that women should be allowed to walk freely, dress freely and choose their own paths without being judged or being scared for their safety.

Recently, we have been reading books written by girls with very powerful stories. The first, "I am Malala", which tells the story of the brave Pakistani girl who fought for girl's education and was shot by the Taliban. Then, a book about Nujood, a girl who was forcefully married at the age of 10 in Yemen, and fought for her right to be free.

All of this plus recent news about gender discrimination have made us realize that women empowerment is a matter which concerns not only women, but also men. In order to achieve gender equality, not only girls need to be taught they're worth it, but boys need to be taught that girls are worth it as well. Today we decided to do our part to change that.

We had a wonderful day at our partner NGO. First, we gave a small speech to all the boys, raising awareness about the importance of respecting women (not that we had to, because they are incredibly sweet, but still a message worth spreading). Then, we gave them sheets of paper and colored pencils, paint, crayons, and asked each of them to make a drawing or a card and dedicate it to one of their female caretakers, as an homage to them for being such special women in this more than special day. Just like them, the caretakers are also HIV+, and their work in the NGO not only increases their self-steem, as it also includes them back in the society.

It was absolutely astonishing to see their artistic skills - some of them are true artists! - and deeply touching to read their cards and hear to what they had to say. These caretakers and kids are pure angels. I cannot begin to imagine how someone could have rejected them, and they have been through so much that a small gesture from our side makes them genuinely happy and grateful.

After gifting all the cards to the caretakers, we visited the girls' house, where we took them cake to celebrate this special day (the boys got cake too!). We danced with them and joined them in their daily prayers.

My heart felt completely flooded with joy, a type of joy which is so hard to describe, a joy that fills me with gratitude. They thanked us and even made cards for us, but we were the ones who were truly grateful to them - for reminding us that it takes very little to impact and make someone's life a little happier.

Thank you to all of the kids and NGO staff, as well as our beloved friends who joined us in such an amazing day. We love you all! Check out the pictures below!

Let's wish for a future where we do not need to celebrate Women's Day, because we will all be acknowledged as equals.

 

 



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COUNTRY SIZE

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5.5

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6.5

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7.5

 

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38/39

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39/40

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41

 

BRAZIL*

36

36.5

37

37.5

38

39

 

US

7

7.5

8

8.5

9

9.5

 

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UK/INDIA

3

4

5

6

7

8

 

EUROPE

35

36

37

38

39

40

 

BRAZIL*

33

34

35

36

37

38

 

US

4

5

6

7

8

9

 

CENTIMETERS 21,3 22,2 23 23,8 24,6 25,4

 

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