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International Women’s Day 2024

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Contributor, Carmen ColladoI is a compliance manager and resides in Southern California. She is also a member of the Women in Ethics & Compliance Global and an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and gender equality. When Carmen is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. Her Bucket list trip: Ireland!

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and it centers on raising awareness about the deep-rooted issues of gender equality, while also honoring the social, economic, and cultural achievements of women.    

Although there were countries as early as the 1900s that recognized the value of Women’s Day, it did not become an official Global Day of Celebration until 1977, when it was formally adopted by the United Nations.  In line with this year’s theme “Inspire Inclusion”,  the United Nations' annual call to action is themed  “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress” focusing on five key areas link.

While we can look back in history and say much progress has been made for women, it’s safe to say more can be done to advocate for gender equality.  How can we achieve this?  By seeking alliances outside of women from our male advocates, ensuring women support women, paying homage to those who have made monumental strides before us, and then paying it forward as mentors and role models to future generations. Most importantly, it starts with education and awareness, which underpins all of these efforts.

Nelson Mandela once famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I could not agree more.  Education and awareness accelerate progress!

Through education, we become self-aware and reflective. Knowledge is empowerment. It roots out fear and invites fairness, compassion, and understanding. When we are knowledgeable about the inequities that exist, only then can we take action to root out those fears.  As women, it is our obligation to speak out in a transparent manner, to raise awareness because we understand and can speak to these truths based on our own life experiences. This allows us to break down barriers and create pathways and opportunities. That is how we can invest in women, in ourselves, and in our communities, which leads to meaningful progress.

In honor of International Women’s Day, you can take part by raising awareness and socializing in your own communities. Be proactive. Here are some ways you can make an impact:

  • Organize a roundtable discussion among friends and colleagues at work. 
  • Read books about female social activists. 
  • Join organizations like Women in Ethics & Compliance Global or others created to advance women professionally. 
  • Volunteer to support women’s organizations and charities. 
  • Simply show solidarity by joining the conversation with the #InvestInWomen and #InspireInclusion hashtag.

Ladies, I hope you take this time to pause and celebrate the work and achievements of women who have made an impact in your life, and by honoring yourself.

Happy International Women’s Day! 

Thank you to all those who continue to support the plight of women’s equality.

#InvestInWomen #InspireInclusion