Did you know that in 2014 the World Economic Forum predicted that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity”(the 2016 International Women’s Day campaign website)? This means that if you’re a 20-year-old woman today you will be 99 by the time global gender parity is achieved. And as if that is not sobering enough, the prediction was revised a year later in 2015, due to a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress, to the gender gap not being closed entirely until 2133. So if the revised predictions are accurate and you’re that 20-year old woman then you will be 137 before global gender parity is achieved.
Surely this is insanity. Tony Robbins tells us that, “change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” Maybe we are finally reaching this point.
These predications, if nothing else, are telling us very clearly that it’s time to do something different. Most of all I think we need to let go of old thinking and the old wounds of not being truly valued, of never being considered enough simply because we are female. I believe it’s time for us to rise in a way that women have never done before.
This short four-minute film, posted on Facebook, is like a love poem speaking to the heart and soul of women, inviting and urging us to rise. Here’s the link: http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/today-i-rise/#.VtQC-nneeMs.facebook. It’s urging us to step forward and to share more of who we truly are with the world. The world is missing what we as women have to give: our wisdom, our sweetness, our love and our hunger for peace.
For us to truly step forward requires us to make changes and to take action beyond simply watching a four-minute film and saying yes. It will require us to take action each and every day. Mostly it will have required small purposeful changes fuelled by intention and occasionally it will require us to take what feels like grand and monumental steps. Often these steps are no bigger than the small steps, they just feel more monumental perhaps because they require us to make a more public declaration or to reveal more of who we truly are at our core.
Nevertheless, if we want to rise and live fully, fulfilling our potential as women then it’s helpful to remember that “incredible changes can happen in our lives when we decide to take control of what we do have power over instead of craving control over what we don’t” (Steve Maraboli author of “Life, the Truth and Being Free”). So whilst, individually most of us have little influence over whether or not global gender parity is achieved next year or in 137 years, we can influence how we turn up in life.
With this in mind if we want rise then I believe there are three things as a minimum we need to do to have the internal strength required to sustain us as we rise.
3) Seek the support you need. Most of us need support to rise and to truly shine and to bring forth all of who we are. Support is available in many forms and it can range from talking to likeminded friends, to joining a women’s group, through to enrolling in a women’s development program or engaging a coach.
I invite you to join me and make International Women’s Day 2016 the day you decided to rise and bring all of who you are forth. The world is missing what you have to give. It’s time to claim your magnificence because the world needs your gifts and your wholeness.
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