International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th across the world. It is a day of meaning and great importance — it is a cause for celebration, a reason to pause and re-evaluate, to remember, to inspire; a time to honour the women we love in countries, states and towns around our world. On this day, all over the world, we consider both the steps forward towards better lives for women that have been taken in recent times, as well as the progress still required. We celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, regardless of divisions. It is a day where all women are united as one and we look back on past struggles, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped opportunities that await future generations of women. The theme for this year’s International Women’s day is ‘#PressforProgress’. We may all have different opinions or insights into this theme. However, I believe that, as women of this world, we can agree on the common goal of progressing the interests of women globally.
For centuries women have rallied, fought and in some cases put their lives on the line in pressing for progress. In emphasising these battles and their outcomes, we can reflect on our own journeys and what it has taken for us to get to where we are today. Each of us have overcome difficulties in our own lives, each of us has dared to dream, and fortunately, we have been born in a time where we are able to pursue some of these dreams. We have liberties that were denied to women of just a few generations ago — resources and options that are still denied to other women today, in this country and elsewhere. Some of us have endured bad luck, bad decisions, or failure at things we tried our hands at — but we haven’t been ruined by these misfortunes. We have alternatives. We have second, third and ninety-third opportunities. We have more possibilities and more chances than ever, and this because those who came before us took the opportunity to #PressforProgress.
It is now up to us to seize the moment and #PressforProgress. You can do this by attending the Tasmania University Union’s International Women’s Day afternoon tea, to be held this Thursday 8th March between 2 – 4pm at the TUU Contact Centre, where we will discuss what we can do as an organisation to advance the status of women within our university and wider communities.