They call it “International Women’s Day.” But, really, it’s a day for everyone — men and women and kids alike. I’m writing our blog on this day designated to encourage women’s equality, and I’m writing it for a reason that fits very much into the mission of the Humanity Project as I’ll explain in a moment. First, though, I want to add this organization’s voice to the millions around the world, all celebrating the achievements of women.
I do believe it’s a day that can help everybody through strengthening the global women’s movement, bringing us a step closer to tapping the wasted potential of so many females in so many countries. (Visit the International Women’s Day website.) Look at the photo I snapped during a 2012 trip to China, those two adorable young girls holding hands as they enjoy popsicles. They need the same opportunity as boys to find what they do best and share it with us all. The world can’t afford to squander the talents of half our people any longer. In that sense, we each only can benefit by helping to change outdated attitudes about women that still linger in societies everywhere, even here in the United States where the Humanity Project is based.
The Humanity Project is about sharing in ways that help others and ourselves, all at the same time. Our three innovative programs accomplish this by tackling pressing youth problems that our group has the expertise to address, creating collaborative arts-based efforts that also celebrate the value of each individual. We call our original approach “shared value.” (Find out more about shared value.) Or click on our PeacePage link here or in the menu above. You’ll find that our nonprofit group believes that every human being has equal worth and an important role to play in contributing to an improved world. That’s what International Women’s Day is about too. We need every one of us, male and female, for humanity to move forward now.