Sitting at the edge and reflecting on the revolution around women, is something that requires applause. They are basically the axis that holds the world to rotate and evolve systematically. They are no longer enslaved to the wifey cocoon. They’ve shed off the skin of bondage and hostility and rise from the ash. The thriving position they are taking in various professional levels is breathtaking. They are basically standing up to the prefix “her” rejoining to the mother earth. Economic revolution does not give them the pleasure to sit around and wait. Some might say it’s the west ideology to empower her. Contrary, I disagree. Speak of women from my homeland that stand up against some cultural practices that bring forth pain and death to some extent, female genital mutilation, strong women from Maasai, Samburu and Somali have stood courageously against it. Through their initiative, a number of girls have been saved and given a chance to get an education. moreover, the message has extended to their male counterpart, and the sense is witnessed, and more girls are saved from the vicious practice.
Most women have been viewed as emotionally driven beings. It is this instinct and change of events that change their views to be more goal-oriented. In most cases, there are a number of women who have to bear the burden of raising children solely. What has been considered impossible has actually turned into a different story. There are quite a number of women sittings in professions that were mostly considered to be a male affair. Talk of an excavator driver, Construction field, government leadership position the list is endless. They are breaking the bias and fighting for the position that humans can do regardless of their sexes. The point is, women were not just born to be wives, women were born to mother the earth and bring the best from society.
Besides the biological imbalances they experience, women possess the ability to balance between professional work, family, society, and self without any feeling neglected. with that in mind, they are able to mobilize resources at their capacity to meet urgent needs, be it lack of food in the house, a fellow woman in labor on the bus, a child in need of academic support, or a community crisis.
Each year, the United Nations sets a theme to go along with the big day. This year, they’re focusing on women’s contributions to the climate crisis with the theme Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow.
This year’s official International Women’s Day theme (2022) is #BreakTheBias. It’s a call-to-action to challenge the status quo by raising awareness against bias, celebrating women's achievement, and taking action for equality.
One simple, yet impactful way to celebrate International Women’s Day this year is to show our commitment to challenging inequality by taking part in the #BreakTheBias social media campaign. Take a photo of yourself crossing your hands in an X and share it on your preferred social media platform(s) using #BreakTheBias and #IWD2022.
Written By: Joseph Macharia Kimem SRHR Advocate
Joseph Macharia Kimemia is the Youth Advocate for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), a peer champion, and a freelance photographer. He mentors adolescents at U-Tena for RISE Project on mental Health. He was selected by MYSA and Nairobits to create awareness regarding how Youth Friendly Centers can be used to be helpful among the youths in the informal settlements of Viwandani to demand and access quality health services. As part of U-Tena's photography initiatives, he won an award in the category of Covid-19, sponsored by Fleischer Foundation Kenya, in a photo competition dubbed Sharing Mukuru.