Last year I made a vlog outlining all of the awesome things I did as a human rights, global development, and animal liberation activist for International Womens Day in 2018. Although I didn’t make a vlog for International Womens Day this year, I thought I’d still share the awesome things I got up to as an activist!
The first thing I did, was attend the UN Women Australia International Women’s Day breakfast in Brisbane. It was very motivating as an activist to hear about all of the amazing work by civil society and the public and private sectors, towards gender equity. It was especially inspiring to hear about projects and initiatives happening with our neighbours in the Pacific- eliminating domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence, educating women on entrepreneurship and financial literacy so they can have financial independence, women leading their communities to be more resilient to climate change and natural disasters… and so much more. Hearing these stories of success is a reminder that change is possible, but only if we work together to address formal and informal change at the individual/collective and systemic levels.
The next day, on the eve of International Womens Day, I was a guest speaker at an event… it was my first time being a guest speaker, and a great learning experience… as I learnt that I could definitely work on my public speaking skills! A week after launching the Humanitarian Changemakers Network, I spoke about my story, the sociology of social change and the role of individual action in changing the world… particularly for the planet!
On International Womens Day, I flew to Sydney for national leadership training, as a QLD state coordinator for ActionAid Australia. It was great to spend International Womens Day with so many inspiring women (and men!) developing campaign strategy and working to empower other women around the world.