What does International Women’s Day mean to me?

Even though the exact date (March 8th) has passed, the movement and sentiment it bears, continues.

For me as a woman, a woman of colour, an immigrant woman, a woman living with HIV; a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, and a friend; International Woman’s Day is a celebration of everything I am; that I was; and am determined to be. It is a day for me, and all women, to celebrate and acknowledge the journey that we have taken in this life. I find myself today surrounded by women I consider to be friends, sisters, role models, and even family; all from whom I draw my strength. As we gather together (in body and spirit) I want to thank everyone for every part you play in this world.

We have all endured heartache and we can find grace in the face of any defeat by looking at the journey and not just the destination. I have done this myself and I can feel proud, stand tall, and say with conviction, “I was, and am, courageous.”

Written by: DK

DK is a writer and community leader who works to engage with and inspire others.