Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

International Women's Day on the 8th of March is marked with the theme: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. I am excited to share with you the women and girls who have transformed my Faces2Hearts journey.

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change - United Nations

For this week's challenge, the bloggers were asked to pick one woman who "marked our spirit" during the trip.

As I was scrolling through photos, I realized there wasn't one woman, in particular, I thought I should highlight over the others. For me, it was a collective pull of different characteristics, different stories, different women that have changed me.

Featured Faces...

I still can't pick only one woman, but here I highlight some of the bravest and most hope-bearing individuals.

This woman was the glue for her community when a cyclone destroyed her village. Her strength and compassion can be seen in her eyes as she recalls the horror that unfolded when the disaster everything.

This young woman is the backbone of her family. She is nursing her child at the age of 16.

Women were the ones who would gather for meetings in the community to set up cooperatives and manage a fund that could provide loans for agriculture development and personal emergencies.

This woman is a teacher travels long distances and muddy roads to teach at a school in one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Laos.

Leave No One Behind

In the Leave No One Behind mission of the Sustainable Development Goals, what I see is that we cannot leave behind the women who are in rural areas.

It's not that we need to remove the women from rural areas, but they don't get a chance to speak out in "global" movements such as #MeToo. There are many who are silenced or shamed into not speaking out about injustice or accepting it can't be changed. Many women don't get to know a different reality outside of the pre-existing barriers, bias, limits and injustice are omnipresent in their lives.

Despite all the real challenges for these women, I believe in the positive work that is being done in these communities. Barriers are being broken and confidence is growing, as fruits of EU supported projects.

In these photo collages, I hope you see what I see: strong, beautiful, resilient, compassionate, intelligent, hard-working, caring, nurturing, entrepreneurial women.

Tell me, who are the women that inspire you?

On 8 March, join activists around the world and UN Women to seize the moment, celebrate, take action and transform women’s lives everywhere. The time is NOW.

Your data have saved. Please enter your email above to return the data