WiRE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2021
LET'S ALL CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE!
IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.
We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements.
Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.
WiRE celebrated International Women's Day 2021 with a photo competition
Below are the photos submitted for IWD 2021 #ChoosetoChallenge -
photos and testimonies which challenge stereotypes and forge more balanced mindsets about women's / gender equality.
Winners to be announced shortly!
JING YEE CHOY
"I come from a family which has a prejudiced preference for sons predominantly from my grandparents which I spent most of my childhood times with. I have also relatively restricted freedom compared to my younger brothers albeit I am the eldest child. Over times I have realized, despite the continuous effort on achieving gender parity in this modern society, women still suffer a lower status compared to men in all possible aspects. I was told once by an experienced, male professional during my college years that a woman's success is being defined by her devotion & loyalty to her family and not by her intellect or career accomplishments. I have not only heard these words once but countless times that showed me that bias does exist in the world. Today, I am still striving to build my career and despite not knowing how far I can go, I would love to challenge the definition of success of a woman in the society. To me, success is multifaceted and shall be integrated in all aspects. Personal well being, professional impact in the industry, social responsibilities and devotion to the family. I would not deny the importance of family, but in any case, my success and motivation shall not be confined as such only. I believe that "you are you only boundaries" and never let anyone define your own success."
"Marco is from Davos, Switzerland. Bringing the family tradition of mountain hiking to his young children, he enjoys conqueroring the Singaporean hills. A natural at feeding his seven month old son and enjoying a trek at the kids own pace. Fortunately, an increasing number of families don’t have kids responsibilities with women as a default. But instead works out what works best for the family without gender as a criteria."
"I #CHOOSETOCHALLENGE subtle biases and stereotypes on working mums coming back from maternity. Being away for maternity should not give a negative impression or repercussion on a women’s career. I am happy that my line manager provided the network and support to avocate for me during my maternity leave. I was surprised that i was benchmarked equally with my peers for my performance review while I was mentally prepared to get a “prorated” performance. This subtle bias I had in me made me understood that it is not the time spend working but the quality of work done."