March 8 is celebrated globally as International Women’s Day (IWD). Originally organized by the Socialist Party of America
, the celebrations first took place in February 1909 and were called International Working Women’s Day. Big Drum Nation is commemorating the occasion by posting women’s reflections on the struggle for equality.
Every year the celebrations embrace a special theme reflecting the urgency of the moment. This year, proceeding from the World Economic Forum’s prediction
that the gender gap is unlikely to close entirely until 2186, the theme addresses this unacceptable state of gender inequity as a human rights urgency. Big Drum Nation joins IWD in the campaign to #BeBoldForChange following up on last year’s Pledge for Parity Campaign. It is a quest for women and girls to achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious gender bias, push for gender balanced leadership, value women’s equality, encourage inclusive flexible cultures, and for more gender inclusiveness.
We asked Jennifer Gibbs what International Women’s Day means to her. Here’s her response:
“Thanks for the info and this is my answer: Although some progress has been made, gender equality continues to be a struggle. Unfortunately, unless a great number of women are in places where there is true power, where the decisions and laws that affect them are made, women will not have the same rights as men.”
Jennifer Gibbs is an alum of the Anglican High School (St. Georges, Grenada), and currently the President of the Anglican High School Past Pupil Association in New York.