The movement of women is no longer linear; it is intersectional

This year, I speed-mentored schoolgirls on The London Eye as a UK Mentor for the UN’s International Day of the Girl. 

Organised by Women of the World at the Southbank Centre in London, the day was inspiring. While I mentored and answered questions such as ‘do women get equal pay in your industry’ and ‘should I take a gap year’, I was inspired by the girls I spoke to. I was inspired to see their determination, their hopes, dreams, aspirations, confidence and desire to help others. 

And after the event, mentors broke off from the mentees to attend a talk. One aspect I took from the talk is that we need to achieve equality for the many things that we are, and all the things that we are. While the movement for women has long focused on women alone, it is time to encapsulate all the differences we are that is also incorporated in being a woman that also receives inequality. For example, a woman of colour deserves both gender and racial equality. And a woman who is homosexual deserves both gender and sexual liberation. The movement for women and girls is no longer a linear one but is one of intersectionality. 

And when it comes to The Day of the Girl, we have to recognise we have a real part to play in shaping girls’ lives; whether that is through educating them or educating boys about girls. 

The message I want to leave for this year is: stand up for your rights, fight for your dreams, own your Self, and know there are no limits to what you can do. 

Happy International Day of the Girl.