By Amber Solomon, GOEX Market Advocate
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
As members of the Fair Trade Federation, GOEX advocates for women’s rights, equality, and gender justice. We celebrate women who create opportunities, overcome barriers, support communities, and set an example. “The day serves as a reminder both of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go in creating true equality, especially in the developing world. It also reminds me of what employment really means to women around the world who work for GOEX as well as other fair trade or ethical brands. A job means freedom and opportunity – the work we do to support families, especially single moms, is critical,” says GOEX Executive Director, Jessica Ray.
Today, the women of GOEX are celebrating by reflecting on what it means to woman up and advocate for equality in the 21st century. For Product Manager Meghann Wheelock, the message of International Women’s Day is, “Recognition and celebration of the unique challenges women face in our day to day lives and the incredible things we have and can accomplish.” This celebration is also actively being passed on to the next generation. She plans to celebrate, “By reading my daughter’s favorite book “ABC What Can She Be” with her. It’s got some really great representation and inspiration for the future!”
Market Advocate, Amber Solomon, believes that International Women’s Day is a day of inspiration and an encouraging reminder to keep going. “For me, completely dedicating a day to the trials and triumphs of women is a great reason to reflect AND to get inspired! It feels wonderful to think we’ve come this far and I am ready to empower those around me to go even further. There’s no limit to what we can achieve.”
International Women’s Day is about togetherness. It’s about feeling good and doing good at home and in the workplace. “I think a woman’s ability to make connections in the workplace is a huge asset. For me, being able to build balanced relationships in the workplace is something I pride myself on. Having a sense of respect and appreciation for my team members allows me to lead in a way that I admire,” says General Manager of Life S.A Haiti, Ariane Manuel. “I will celebrate by spreading awareness on what this day actually means and honoring our female team members for all of their hard work. It does not go unnoticed.”
Here are ways you can celebrate with us:
- Reflect on women’s equality and achievements
- Fundraise for a local female focused nonprofit
- Watch films directed by women
- Call your mother/sister/aunt/friend
- Say thank you
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