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Sunday, 6 March 2016

International Women's Day


It was whilst I was doing some research for the Chloe perfume review that I uploaded before that the theme 'free woman' really stood out to me, but what was a free woman? It was then that I realised that I wanted to talk about more issues, which you could probably describe as humanitarian, but I didn't think it was be right of me to derail that post. So I thought doing a separate post, especially to coincide with International Women's Day on the 8th March, would really allow me write more about it.

When we hear of strong, independent women making their own path in the media a lot of the times we see famous celebrities or people who were born in perhaps a more affluent or prosperous environment, but I can't stop thinking that it's easy to do so when you have freedom, and I guess that our freedom is something that we take for granted in a developed and safe country, where we have access to education, jobs and a future! Where there are laws to uphold our rights. So on International Women's day on the 8th March why don't we think of those women who go through huge obstacles around the world everyday just to live, because that could easily have been us, we won the lottery and they didn't, should their lives not be celebrated? Should we not lobby for their freedom?



Women around the world go through tremendous hurdles to achieve a better quality of life for their families and their communities, but instead of raising an awareness of this the media deems celebrity reality stars' lives as more important. This is why I try and read news sources regularly as yes I could just pretend these things aren't going on but then how am I any better? It's hearing stories, such as this one of Syeda Ghulam Fatima, single handedly trying to end bonded slavery that open my eyes and make me see the wider world.

It's hearing the plight of this woman who risked it all for a better life for her and her husband that reminds me what it is to be human. I'm not saying I know what the right or wrong answer is but I loved the refugee series by Humans of New York because it was selfless and it showed a side to the story that we don't hear.


Education is something that will have been accessible for most of us reading this, but if there's one thing I know it's that I will never take it for granted my ability to read and write, or even to have a laptop to write on. Education lifts people out of poverty, it gives them a future and hope, yet so many people don't have access to education, to schools, to teachers.

Photo: UN Women/Shaista Chishty

If there is one thing that irritates me however it is when I hear people in full time jobs talking about how 'poor' they are. Yes I do realise that you can struggle to get by in a full time job too, but if you're jetting off on numerous holidays a year or spending all your money on shopping sprees then you definitely don't know what poverty is. 836 million people live in extreme poverty! (Source: unwomen) Imagine wondering how you're next going to feed your family, numerous women are going through this and it's really saddening.


Finally, I know how this can seem all contradictory when I run a beauty blog, but as you will know our beauty blogs aren't every aspect of our life, we all probably have a lot of other things going on so why not use this platform to address other topics? Plus as a women this affects us all, so why don't we share our ideas with each other, just like we would do with a review.

I know this is a somewhat unusual post, but I would like to hear your opinion on this.
Thank you if you read this!

48 comments:

  1. Such an important issue to write about! I'm definitely guilty of taking things for granted and having a moan but we really have it so good compared to people in other parts of the world like you've highlighted!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you! I have days too where everything can get too much, but then I realise that I do have it much easier than a lot of people, I think it's all about putting it into perspective for me :)

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to write and highlight this problem. I'm not going to comment much because it would probably sets me off onto a very long rant. I am with you about people complaining about how poor they are and how they can't afford a holiday, that new iPhone and it seriously pisses me off. Yes, the rest of the world have more serious problems but what happened to spend and live within your means? I used to work two jobs to make ends meet and couldn't afford any extra luxury but hey, that's how life is. Working extremely hard doesn't mean you deserve all the best thing in the world, no, you deserve whatever that is within your means.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Wow hats off to you, one job leaves me exhausted, I couldn't imagine juggling two. That's very true, there seems to be a concept sometimes of buy now, and think later haha xx

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  3. What an important issue to highlight. I loved this post and would love you to keep writing about issues like this x
    http://christbelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you, I hope to do some more too :)

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  4. Such an inspiring post! I think women can achieve so much, regardless of how society may treat them (us), just by supporting each other and being there for each other. I don't think that you being a beauty blogger is contradictory... It's important to have something you can look forward to in a day (or a week) and vent... I find blogging a great way to forget about everything for a moment (and I do have quite a lot on my plate right now) and just be myself with my makeup and my readers... and seeing support from other women seriously means the world to me :) Thank you for this amazing post xx

    http://beautypeptalk.blogspot.hr/

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    1. Thank you! I love your comment, I completely agree that by supporting one another we can create an empowering environment :)

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  5. Wow what a great post, thanks for all of the information!

    xoxo Emily
    ditchtheheels.com

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  6. what a lovely post! thank you for writing this and sharing this to us. Happy Int'l Women's Day to you and all the lovely commenters here :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for dropping by :)

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  7. So nice post,and i am proud of myself as a woman

    Linda www.missydress.nl

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  8. This is a very inspiring post, it's important to talk about this so it's cool you posted this even if unusual. Loved it.

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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  9. What a powerful post! It's great you discussed this especially on International Women's day. There is enough food, water and technology for everyone on this earth, but unfortunately there are still a lot of people suffering. Our governments are so worried about spending money on wars that we can't even fend for people in need. Education is huge and I'm glad you talked about it in this post. Have a great week, love <3

    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

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    1. Thank you! I love your comment, that's very true, if all the money spent on wars was redirected to creating a more equal world then I guess a lot of issues would be alleviated :)

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  10. Great post, it certainly made me stop and think about the world we live in. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  11. This is such a great post and a really important issue. I think most people are guilty of taking things for granted from time to time but it's reading things like your post and the stories of other women around the world and the struggles they go through on a daily basis that really make you stop and think. x

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    1. Thank you! Yes I can be quite guilty of that too but I'm trying to be more grateful for the things I have :)

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  12. A topic like this and seriously thinking about what others struggle with, really does put it all in a perspective doesn't it. It's easy to live like we do and constantly moan about our daily tasks etc but we really don't think enough about just how lucky we are. Such an inspirational post and so well written x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Thank you! Yes I often used to moan about my daily chores too but they're nothing compared to the circumstances some people have to live in. The poverty and living standards gap is just shocking!

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  13. I'm glad we talk about this in our community. Thanks for sharing

    XO
    http://nuclearglitter.com/

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  14. I love this inspiring post!!! Thank you for sharing this =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  15. This is such a wonderful and inspiring post! I think it's so important, as women, that we educate ourselves, especially on world news to know what's actually going on in and around the world, specifically as it pertains to women. I agree, the media is far more interested in what celebrated just dyed and cut their hair than one who is rising her life to bring equality to other women in her village. Thanks so much for bringing more attention and awareness to the importance of being aware and hopefully with that awareness, we can all do something to make a difference :) Have a wonderful rest of the week, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I agree, we could just shut it out but how will that change anything?! xx

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  16. SUCH an important cause- I love IWD for spreading awareness + putting the spotlight on women!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  17. This is really an amazing post. One should not take things for granted and must appreciate what they have because there are people who doesn't have the very basic necessities in their life.
    GlamupGirls

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    1. Completely agree with your comment, it's the little things that matter :)

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  18. Aww this is such a lovely post and it's nice to see the images, we take so much for granted and we really need to appreciate the little things in life :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, it is the little things that matter :)

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  19. Totally agree, I have been to developing countries and we are truly blessed. Great post.
    Love Shanel

    http://babblingonbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-things-x.html

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  20. I know it's a little bit past International Women's Day but I like this post, and appreciate the thought and stats you researched to put this together. It is hard to acknowledge our freedom and such because we were born with it, so it's something most people take for granted, whether they realize it or not. But I agree, we should also be celebrating other women who are not as lucky. Just because they weren't born in the same affluence and whatnot doesn't mean they deserve any less. This was a very interesting post to read, and I'm glad you're using your blog to write about this topic!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. Thank you! I can't imagine how difficult it must be for some people to never have freedom or to have it taken away from them, but atleast if we talk about it then something will be done, no matter how small xx

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  21. Lovely post, dear! .x

    www.fayeisabella.co.uk

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  22. great photos and post!
    http://www.therunwhy.com/

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  23. Such a great post!!

    Happy Friday babe! Kisses,
    BLOG | Taislany

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  24. I love how you've written about a topic which is very current and affects us all as women, because if one women gets put down, it affects many of us in different ways (whether we care to acknowledge it or not).

    I totally agree with you on how the media shares celeb stories instead of focusing on real issues, especially on a day made for women! There should be more done to bring awareness on the hardships that women face in under developed countries, as well as the fact that many of the things we deem as a norm are a privilege to many..

    Pop over to my blog :)

    Sarah
    sarahinks.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for your comment Sarah! I definitely think there should be more media coverage on these issues as it would really create more of an awareness!

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