International Women’s Day (IWD) is an event, a day, an idea, a movement, that I wholeheartedly support, and I will always play an active role on the day, wherever I am. Whether it’s speaking, emceeing, or this year, my first-time auctioneering, I’m up for it. I believe it’s important, so I want to contribute and be involved.
However, for a number of years, I’ve also been the one to say: hello, we’re not getting it right and it is time to change our approach. Oftentimes I know my message lands with a thud in the middle of this glorious celebration, but truly, if we can’t be honest about the fact we are slipping backwards at a rapid pace, is there any point continuing?
Because, you know, UN secretary general, António Guterres, has stated that gender equality is still ‘300 years away,’ and it’s ‘growing more distant,’ calling for ‘collective action’ to bridge the divide.
An equal and diverse world is essential for all of us. It is our best (possibly only) chance of getting humanity on track for a live-able future. That means we must do everything we can to create an equal and diverse world, and it can no longer be something we pay lip service to.
We need women and diverse representation, including indigenous voices, at every decision-making table, everywhere. If not, we cannot create the outcomes we need for all people and life on this planet.
But there’s another side to equality that we never seem to want to acknowledge, which is also something I say a lot. And that is: everyone wins with equality, everyone. Men and women. When we have true equality, we all get more choices. We can live our lives the way we want, versus a life defined by gender expectations. Everyone wins, truly.
So, if you’re in a country where women’s rights are being taken away – and this is happening in rich and poor nations – then your leaders are making your life worse, and everyone else’s too. We all lose out when we don’t have equality, because so much talent is lost, which means innovation and creativity is lost too. We need to start “seeing” and acknowledging this, and then we need to fight like hell to reverse it.
One action we can all commit to is, if you are attending an IWD event and there are no men in the room, change it. Equality isn’t and has never been a women’s issue, it’s an everyone issue, so let’s make sure everyone is in the room. At least 30 percent of the audience should be male. Sure the ideal is 50/50, but let’s at least get to 30 percent.
History is littered with us taking our eye off women’s rights, and when we let that happen, it can change the course of human history for hundreds and sometimes, thousands of years. Read the story about Empress Messalina in the passion, humour, history section for an example. Another woman judged after-the-fact and maligned by history. But this was also an era when women’s rights were plundered, and honestly, we’re still trying to come back from that. Yes, thousands of years.
To get to true equality, we need to do this together, men and women. We need to be allies both ways. And we need to do it across races too. So let’s get to work, because it really is an essential pillar in our fight for a better future for humanity.
My friends, we should be VERY concerned about our collective future. Have a listen to this great interview (grateful you shared this with me Ferenc Nyiro). It’s not just about America either. Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an historian and expert on fascism or authoritarianism globally. Very interesting.
Top Expert on Fascism WARNS of Trump and MAGA movement’s DANGER to America
Friend’s content and mine
I welcome #IWD23, but I’m tired of protesting this shit – great piece by my pal Jane Franklin with actionable items, because we are going backwards and it’s time for a change in approach. Another suggestion, check out B1G1. We supported the education of 20 girls rescued from sexual slavery. With B1G1 it’s so easy to make a difference in lives around the world, especially for girls and women.
“Sometimes evolution feeds on the weirdest nutation’: Boards powered by Gaia! – Praveen Gupta has written a truly inspiring piece. We need businesses all over the world embracing this mindset and putting nature at the heart of business.
Greenwashing definitions, thanks to Planet Tracker – want to get a handle on definitions around greenwashing? Here you go, thanks to Planet Tracker.
And another little waste tip. Go natural every time – celebrate life and celebrate earth.
If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Make it a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Or donate to the UN Refugee Program, Medicine Sans Frontier, PowerOf , Kiva.org , Soi Dog Foundation. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Living in the Future’s Past | AWARD WINNING DOC | Jeff Bridges
At least four dead, tens of thousands evacuated in Malaysia floods tks Steve Johnson
Live More by Doing Less | The Philosophy of Slow Living
Stop Buying Stuff
Bernie Sanders Meets Frankie Boyle
Match of the Day in crisis as commentators join growing staff boycott – this story is really kicking off
Business and technology
Silicon Valley Bank share slump rocks financial stocks tks Steve Johnson
Why metalheads are happier people tks Lex Johnson
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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Four environment resources to help you navigate this challenging territory.
- Knowledge, constantly updating
- Individual action and awareness, so we do our part
- Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
- Finally, more than 100 mini-videos on many topics regarding the multiple crisis’ we face. Feel free to download and use as your own. No credit necessary.
Uncommon Courage: an invitation
Uncommon Courage is an invitation to be your courageous best self every day. It’s also an antidote to the overwhelm, fear, and rage rolling around the world. But it’s more than a book; it’s an invitation to join an inclusive community that wants to better understand humanities challenges – both global and personal – in order to take courageous action and create a better world for everyone. If Covid19 has given us the time and space to reflect, Uncommon Courage gives us the nudge we need to create lasting change.
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