There are so many women in today's world who are still struggling to be given the chance to seek education or to marry who they choose. Some who are raped, abused and used daily and cannot seek help from their Government let alone their local community members. It is a horrible thought for many of us to even imagine and it is for this reason that a lot of us don't. We know we are lucky and we figure someone else will help those women fight their battles. Someone else will donate money to that charity, someone else will speak up and say STOP!
Perhaps is it just a maturity thing that comes with age....OR perhaps not! I always thought I was a late bloomer (my whole life) and this as been proven correct (not because I'm still waiting for my boobs to come in!). A lot of the women who spoke at the TEDx event were under the age of 25. In fact the whole day was only made possible because of the belief and hard work of one 24 year old woman by the name of Laura Stokes.
Here is an article that was recently published in the Sunday Mail crediting the young life of this hugely inspirational woman:
I also want to end this post with a few links to some of the actual footage of the speeches from Dec 1st, 2012. If you can make time to watch them, you could find yourself feeling empowered to use your voice in aid of helping others too. Happy International Women's Day!
"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world."
— Dalai Lama
The Business of sharing by Lauren Anderson:
It takes a Village by Justine Bloom:
A list of things I want to talk about - Tendy McFly
Something needs to change by Justine Flynn
Theres no such thing as being just a wife by Jonothan Duffy
Anne Summers Speech: 'Sexism & Misogyny