International Women’s Day (IWD) is ‘celebrated’ every year on March 8th to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide. (I put it in quotations because I think I think it is very performative.) The day also marks a call to action for gender equality and the advancement of women’s rights. While IWD is significant for all women, it holds special importance for black women.
I would even go further and say it is quite significant for black women travelers (yes, I will always push this agenda.).
Black women travelers more often than not face unique challenges when traveling. We encounter prejudice, discrimination, harassment and even violence in countries that are not inclusive or accepting. These experiences can be isolating, traumatic, and detrimental to our mental and emotional well-being. It is extremely taxing to say the least.
IWD provides an opportunity for black women travelers to celebrate their strength, resilience, and incredible contributions to society. It also highlights the importance of advocating for our rights and safety as we explore the world. The day serves as a reminder that black women travelers have a right to travel, explore, and experience the world just like anyone else.
This year’s theme of inclusion in technology space, there are many women nomads who work in the tech field and are able to travel the world at the same time. This years theme highlights the need for systemic change. IWD encourages advocacy and action to address these issues and create a more equitable world for all women.
The theme provides an opportunity to celebrate women’s resilience, strength, ability to connect with other women around the world, and advocate for systemic change.
I am happy to be a woman and I celebrate you all this year, especially black women in the tech industry.
Love and hugs,