March 8th is International Women’s Day!
This is the day when the world pauses to recognize the great strides made towards women's equality around the world. It is also the day to remember how much farther still there is to go. We are blessed in Canada with many freedoms that our global sisters can only imagine. With that blessing comes great responsibility.
The UN and individual nations choose yearly themes.
This year, Canada’s theme is:
Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality.
The UN theme is:
Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality.
Canada believes that “women who are empowered are better equipped to fulfill their potential and contribute their best so society.” They believe that empowerment means having tools that allow women to make better choices. This includes education, community involvement, financial independence, living free from violence, and knowing governmental rights. Having all these things, Canada believes, enriches society.
Did you notice that the four key areas of ZOE's involvement (education, health, economic empowerment, human and sex trafficking) is in line with Canada's goals? We love that!
You see... God values women.
In a world where misogynistic attitudes run rampant, women need to hear the truth! The gospel at its very core speaks to the value, worth and dignity of the daughters. Women are image bearers of God and this message is one that vulnerable women need to hear and see demonstrated.
Do you have a passion for women to understand their worth and identity? Do you long to help women thrive? Do you want to see "wrongs" made right? We do, and because we do, we offer opportunities all around the world so that one day women everywhere will only have reasons to celebrate on International Women’s Day!
Here are three easy ways to Celebrate International Women's Day this year!
- Learn about women's struggle for equality all over the globe. "Women are not only routinely overlooked, but they are subjected to harassment, assault, violence and disparity in wages based on their gender."
- Make a donation to ZOE Projects. If you can’t donate, pray for the women of the world! Pick a country, or a theme and make a commitment to pray for 30 days!
- Celebrate the women in your life...their unique gifts and contributions! Encourage them to keep moving forward with all that God has for them! Tell them the truth of who they are! #helpingwomenthrive