On March 8, team Gennev was on hand for “Be Bold: Stand Up for Change,” an event to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The Seattle event was spectacular – starting with the great food by That Brown Girl Cooks, on to the “Bold Women” history lesson from Dr. Devon Atchison, to the insightful panel discussion, through the breathtaking, heartbreaking snippet from the documentary film Girl Rising, and closing with the gorgeous music and lyrics of Star Anna. Hundreds of women attended, and there were many tears, laughs, and pledges to carry the momentum forward.
But that’s the question: how do we keep our enthusiasm from folding up along with the chairs and tables at Town Hall? It’s great to attend events like these, but it’s even greater if we can take that energy forward to make real and lasting change for women, their families, and communities all over the world.
Fortunately, the organizers of the Seattle event, Kate Isler and Nickie Smith, were already way ahead of me.
Based on recommendations from the United Nations, here are Kate and Nickie’s suggestions for keeping the momentum of International Women’s Day going:
Finally, be an advocate for women in your daily life. Mentor a younger woman or seek out a mentor to help you grow. Connect women who can help one another. Gather women and the men who support them to set goals and find or carve out opportunities for women in your local community.
And take time to celebrate a very important woman in your life who tends to go unappreciated: you.
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