I’m Doing My Bit To Invest In Women For The Better… What About You?

The theme for IWD 2024 is 'Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress'. Are you doing your part in this big picture?

I believe that any change to really make a difference in the daily lives of all of us, each one has to do their bit. Of course, the big picture – policy changes, laws, and their implementation at a higher level is crucial. But unless we each do what we can, no change will be really effective and lasting.

Why am I talking about this?

It’s Women’s History Month, and in a week’s time, we have International Women’s Day 2024 – IWD 2024. The theme this year, according to the UN is ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’.

While this has been interpreted mostly in terms of financial investment in women at work, entrepreneurship, etc., I would like to take a more holistic view of it.

The big picture I spoke about has many elements – like investing in better education, better nutrition, better healthcare – both mental and physical – for girls, maternal health care, workplace policies, better laws that recognize equity in betterment of women and their implementation, etc.

You, me – we all can do our bit

But also as I said, each one of us can make a difference in any way we can, using our social capital and privilege to #InvestInWomen.

Personally, I have done my bit as a parent, raising a confident, aware, empathetic child, who is inclusive in her beliefs and behaviour. I have supported the education of my domestic help’s daughters. I have spoken up whenever I could. I have ensured that the voices of women can reach others more effectively through my work.

Every little bit will certainly help accelerate progress, and normalise supporting women.

What is YOUR story?

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Have you made a difference in the life of one, a few, or many women? What is YOUR bit towards investing in women for accelerating progress? In personal life or at work? How have YOU changed lives for the better?

  • It could be as a parent
  • Or as a woman who supports other women
  • Or at your work by mentoring other younger women
  • Or helping other women at work who may be facing challenges
  • Or by driving inclusive policies in your workplace
  • Or speaking up in case of workplace misogyny and educating others about inclusive practices

There’s so much you can do!

If any of this speaks to you and you have a story, this is for you.

Why should I send in my story?

As a woman, you have a right to have your story heard. A story that tells us about your endeavour to #InvestInWomen, really making a difference. It’s wonderful for every one of us to read and get inspired by what other women have done.

While all stories will be published, the best ones will make our special Editor’s Pick list and be featured on social media. 

How do I share my story?

You could tell us your story as a personal account, or as a fictionalised version, between 500 to 1500 words. If you have any pics you want us to use in the piece, please email them to us at [email protected] once you have submitted your story. Put #InvestInWomen in the email subject line.

Log into your contributor dashboard and upload it with the hashtag #InvestInWomen alongside your title. If you aren’t yet a contributor with Women’s Web, it’s easy to register here.

Some important rules

~ This should be a previously unpublished story.

~ Once published on Women’s Web, you may not publish it in whole elsewhere, except for an excerpt with a link back to us. They will remain exclusive to us.

Is there a deadline?

Though there is no specific deadline, start writing today, and send in your stories at the earliest. We will begin publishing your stories as they come in, and we will publish them through March.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and upload your story. We’re looking forward to it.

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