#EachForEqual campaign message 2020 this Women’s Day. The campaign highlights, forging equality in six key areas crucial to a “healthier, wealthier and more harmonious” world. One of the campaign highlights, Empowering women through health education of which Women Fitness has been an integral part for more than 20 years.
The WF team through relentless hard work has brought interviews of female achievers from different arenas of life, sports, theatre, fitness, politics and social service this women’s day to spread awareness on how important it is to come forward and take responsibility for a “healthier, wealthier and more harmonious” world.
“Both my training and diet are organised together, routine is crucial and once you establish a one that works for you, the changes will be noticed. A healthy diet and planned exercise regime can help to eliminate the days stress and pressure from work or life in general. If your body feels good, then you will ultimately feel 100 times better.” Victoria Barr, an athlete who represented Great Britain at the 2008 & 2009 Summer Olympics in the 4x400m women’s relay.
Tennis star Serena Williams is another example who had to “to break down many barriers on the road to success, and one of the biggest obstacles faced by female athletes are the constant reminders that they are not men.
She also highlighted how she is often referred to as one of the best “female” athletes of all time, a distinction that her male counterparts are not subjected to. “Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female. We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender,” she wrote.
Serena’s fierce open letter is an inspirational read for women everywhere as she appeals to all of them to continue to dream big. “It is my hope that my story, and yours, will inspire all young women out there to push for greatness and follow their dreams with steadfast resilience. We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.”
Another message is from Claire O’Hara, World Champion in Freestyle Kayak and Squirt Boat Kayak to empower women “I hope that what I have achieved will enable me to continue to lead a new presence within paddle sport. That I will have inspired many paddlers young and old, male and female to see beyond the limits and traditional expectations and to strive for a standard of excellence surpassing anything that as already achieved.
For me I now know there is no limit and that if I train smart and hard, I can achieve anything I dream of within the sport.” Claire has won five ICF World Championship Titles and two Mystery World Championship titles and is the only freestyle kayak athlete ever to have Doubled the Double.
Hatoon al-Fassi, a Saudi academic who studies women’s history said on Saudi Arabia’s decision to Offer Physical Education Classes for Girls “It is essential that girls around the kingdom have the opportunity to build their bodies, to care for their bodies and to respect their bodies.”
Sport as an embodied practice this Women’s Day may liberate girls and women from
- Constraining hegemonic feminine ideals
- Empower them within their communities
- Provide positive health and welfare outcomes, and
- Ultimately transform gendered notion leading to a more egalitarian world and
- Unleashing the productive, intellectual and social power of women.
This then would contribute to overall development economic, social and political.