5 ways you can make a difference this International Women's Day

International Women’s day in 2019 in all about forging a gender balanced world #balanceforbetter.

Take a moment to look around you, to notice and then celebrate those women in your life who are doing amazing things: that professional role model you have at work, or the busy working mum who can do everything. Whoever it is, and whatever they are doing, should not go unnoticed and we should celebrate and acknowledge all the great things women are doing.

It’s likely that you have a great network of women around you, but do they really know how much they mean to you? Take a moment to send some honest words to the women in your life to let them know how much you appreciate them. If you’re not comfortable with having that kind of open direct conversation, that’s okay, you can show them you’re appreciation in other ways like sending them some flowers with a beautiful note.

Be kind

Whilst most people would like to consider themselves kind, few people go out of their way to be spontaneously kind towards other people.

I’m sure there has been times when you’ve mentally conjured up a kind thought about another woman but haven’t said it out aloud. Make an effort to verbally compliment a colleague on her work, or even stop a stranger on the street to compliment them on their outfit or say thank you to someone whose actions have previously gone unappreciated.

It doesn’t take much, but can leave a lasting impression on someone’s day (or week)! We also know being kind to others makes us feel better, too.

Be empowering

Sometimes it is easy to see other women in our life as competition, because we are eyeing the same promotion or are envious of their appearance or life or because of insecurities we have. International Women’s Day is a nice reminder that we should try to forget about being competitive and be empowering instead.

The long way women have come is only because we have stood by each other’s side and fought for OUR rights and liberties. Make an effort to lift other women up, encourage them, offer advice, mentor them, be a shoulder to cry on and become a person that other women can look up to.

Stand up for other women, discourage any gender bias and speak and act with honesty. Most importantly, remember that one woman’s success can truly be all women’s success.

Pay it forward

Support and contribute to organisations that empower other women. Whether it’s a sporting group or charity, donate some time or money to support the cause.

Otherwise pay it forward in others ways, like buying the woman behind you in the line in the coffee shop a coffee. A follow or a like on social media could mean the world to a female business owner. Who knows what kind of good karma that will make for you.

Self-love and self-care

Sometimes the best thing you can do for other women is start being kind to yourself. Believe in your own abilities and tame that inner voice whenever you catch it criticising you. Be your own number one fan and lead by example.

If we hold ourselves at a higher standard we can encourage other women to practice some self love and acceptance also. On any day it is not okay to criticise yourself, fat shame yourself or ignore your needs, so start a healthy change and what better day to start than on International Women’s Day.

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