International Women’s Day was last week Wednesday. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange.
The International Women’s Day website states “For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.” There are five areas the campaign covers
Over the last few days I have been thinking what #BeBoldForChange means for me as a black disabled woman? What I love about these themes is that any woman can take this theme and run with it the best way they see fit and that’s exactly what I will do. So what exactly does being #BeBoldForChange mean for me?
#BeBoldForChange for me means:
- Being authentically me as a disabled woman.
- Putting women with disabilities at the forefront in any discussion.
- Raising my voice to speak about issues that affect women with disabilities on my own terms and not being pressured to do so.
- Speaking my truth about my experiences as a disabled woman apologetically.
- Sharing my story because I want to not feeling obliged to do so in the name of raising awareness.
- Saying no to being used as inspiration porn.
- Celebrating my fellow queens with disabilities.