International Women’s Day 2019: #Balance for Better
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 with a perfectly timed theme—#balanceforbetter! “A balanced world is a better world,” says the International Women’s Day website. While Love Happens and our publisher KOKET are led by women and devoted to empowering our fellow females, we, of course, love men and wholeheartedly stand behind the belief that gender balance is the ultimate goal.
The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911 as over one million people began what is now commonly known as the women empowerment or feminist movements. A worldwide mission for equality and at the core basic human rights.
The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any oneGloria Steinem, World-renowned Feminist, Journalist, and Activist (via International Women’s Day)
organisationbut to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.
Women Empowerment & International Women’s Day 2019
Earlier this week we published an article called Why Women Empowerment Is A “Thing”. The article explores how women empowerment came to be a “thing”, its importance, and what the future of the movement looks like. Women around the world have stood up and claimed their girl power. And while at times women empowerment can feel like a movement for a female take over. This was just the beginning, the push, the rise.
Today women have made great strides toward claiming their place as equals among the human race. However, gender equality is far from achieved. The message of International Women’s Day 2019 is strong—the battle now must be to not only stand up for one’s individual rights as a woman, one must stand up for equality on all levels. The world expects and needs balance.
Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …
Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.International Women’s Day
So, how do we create a more gender-balanced world?
First, celebrate women’s achievements. Women may not be present in the history books as prominently as men, but their achievements exist in droves nonetheless.
Second, raise awareness against bias. Genderism is a thing whether we like it or not. Talk about it. Stand up to it.
Lastly, take action for equality. As the great women’s rights activist, Malala Yousafzai said, “Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world.”
Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced worldInternational Women’s Day
iskey. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women—while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.
An Empowering Leader
At Love Happens and KOKET, our founder and CEO Janet Morais is consistently looking for ways to take action and empower. As a woman who has worked her way to the top of the luxury design industry, Janet understands what it means first-hand to be doubted or disregarded based on gender. A powerful, confident and passionate leader, Janet is an avid-mentor to her employees, always looking to help them be the best versions of themselves.
In 2018, Janet decided to take action and formalize her love of mentoring. So coupled with her desire to give back to the creative industry she established the KOKET-Love Happens Intern/Mentorship program (
Open to men and women alike, the KKLh internship is unlike most traditional internship programs where fetching coffee and mailing packages are top priorities. Yes, on occasion interns help with such menial tasks. But at KOKET-Love Happens everyone takes on such responsibilities. From the top executives to part-time assistants the KOKET-Love Happens team is all-hands-on-deck all the time.
A #BalanceforBetter Future
International Women’s Day is just one day, but the movement for #BalanceforBetter must go far beyond this day. “The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year,” says the International Women’s Day website.
For International Women’s Day 2019 and beyond, how will you #BalanceforBetter?
Words by Anna Beck Bimba