Call me a cynic but whenever #InternationalWomensDay comes around, my heart turns heavy. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a feminist in the truest sense of the word, but with all the great movements that lend themselves to this day - I know that once the week is over, the amplified voices will again turn mute. The world will continue spinning. The rate of progress will be the same as the week before. This trending topic is just another reminder of how far we still have to go.
Saying this, I am still a believer in small victories. They all have an important place in our world's narrative. Two days before #IWD, Nike became the first major sports brand to produce a Hijab for women athletes. For a brand as prolific and influential as Nike, there is some beauty that can be seen in taking a small stance on the xenophobic views that surround the women of our world today. Now this isn’t the most novel idea. But the sentiment lies in the inclusivity of the action. It’s a start. I just wish it had happened sooner.
For me, #InternationalWomensDay should be a platform to celebrate the amazing feats of womenhood, and what we bring to society. Instead we are still fighting against injustice, exploitation, and gender based inequality, which still continue to rear their ugly heads. This shouldn’t be something we are still fighting for. It’s tiring. It’s also 2017. Allow us to be heard longer than the 24 hours we’re presented with. We should be living and breathing this truth in our daily life. Not just for a retweet.