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Girl Power!

I had made a vlog post on our YouTube channel celebrating International Women’s Day. However the days have passed rather quickly and I haven’t accompanied the video with my article. But as I sat here in Lisbon wondering whether to put it up so late I came to the conclusion of why on earth not? I want to celebrate strong women over the world, and I don’t need one day to do that.

Authentically finding my place...

The thought of International Women’s Day used to make me feel a bit silly, to be honest I thought it was a little sexist. I know that won’t make much sense to most, but I just couldn’t get my head around the fact of why we had a day to celebrate the fact we are women.


I had never had the chance to reflect before about what it means to be a woman. Why I’m proud to be one. After I sat in the hospital room for a little while to reflect on what it means to me, it all came back to one pivotal point – being a woman allowed me to be a mother. Giving of myself as a woman is truly empowering in authentically discovering my place and voice in this big scary world.


Being able to know and love so many amazing women makes it easy to see women power. I am surrounded by a wonderful group of friends who are mothers, sisters, wives, business women... Beautiful, inspirational women I’m lucky enough to call my friends. I’m so in awe of all of them and whenever I doubt my ability or purpose they know how to help guide me.

Building foundations as women

Recently my endurance has been tested, and it hasn’t been easy. I like to remind myself through amazing female figures that however hard life hits you, to hit back harder. Boy is it a kick to keep getting knocked down but we must work hard to remain positive in all challenges. I’ve felt like giving up but then I’ve looked at how far we’ve come. And not just what that means to us but others watching our journey too.


As women we must collectively build foundations for our children. The dreams our kids could achieve and the opportunities we create demonstrate their promise is a gift we are given as women to achieve. There are limitless possibilities. I as a woman will work like never before for my children and due to International Women’s Day I had a chance to reflect on that.

Regaining faith, regaining power...

We fear we aren’t good enough as women. All these expectations I’ve previously not been afraid of revealing. However I’m starting to learn that fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. The moment I regained my faith, I regained power. We must all live up to our God given potential.


I have never really considered the importance of my feminism, or womanhood before. The first time I thought about this was due to having a daughter. And as I sit here I miss her so very much. My little woman. My mother always told me I would get my comeuppance through Lilia... Boy was she right and goodness knows what is to come!


As I look at this tiny mini me I think of what I was like growing up... My stomach hits the floor and I pray for my sake and hers she won’t make the same mistakes as me as I wouldn’t want her to suffer pain. I do know though that the mistakes I made helped me learn and grow. I’ve learnt to love the woman I’ve become and I can now teach her to become a woman too.

Building each other up

I want her to believe she is beautiful. I want her to work hard and give of herself. She already is so selfless which is really remarkable. Helping her brother and me as if she was an adult. She’s had to mature very quickly. Turning to me the other day she asked me why she wasn’t my biggest love? That shattered my heart. I was so taken aback as it just showed the lack of time and attention she’s received in the last few months has started to take its toll. I reassured her that her and Marley were my biggest loves. I hope one day she sees my love for her as a woman. Just looking at her now I know she’s going to be a remarkable one – Baby girl you inspire me!


There are so many amazing female role models for both of us to look up to. Celebrities, leaders, business women, friends on mine... So many different forms to be inspired by and we need to celebrate women, not bring each other down. The world needs powerful women. Women to lead our schools, hospitals, universities, court rooms... I can just see my girl is going to be one thanks to being brought up around all the powerful women around her.

Imagine a world

I want her to believe she is beautiful. I want her to work hard and give of herself. She already is so selfless which is really remarkable. Helping her brother and me as if she was an adult. She’s had to mature very quickly. Turning to me the other day she asked me why she wasn’t my biggest love? That shattered my heart. I was so taken aback as it just showed the lack of time and attention she’s received in the last few months has started to take its toll. I reassured her that her and Marley were my biggest loves. I hope one day she sees my love for her as a woman. Just looking at her now I know she’s going to be a remarkable one – Baby girl you inspire me!


There are so many amazing female role models for both of us to look up to. Celebrities, leaders, business women, friends on mine... So many different forms to be inspired by and we need to celebrate women, not bring each other down. The world needs powerful women. Women to lead our schools, hospitals, universities, court rooms... I can just see my girl is going to be one thanks to being brought up around all the powerful women around her.

The Malala Fund

But what about all the baby girls who aren’t so lucky? There are over 130 million girls around the world who aren’t fortunate enough to have an education. Girls just like my little woman, who show just as much or even more potential. This isn’t just a devastating loss for these girls; it’s an enormous loss to the world. Because unless it changes we’ll never see what their potential was. Their promise...


Take a moment to think about the less fortunate and what we can do to help girls around the world get an education. Imagine if you couldn’t write your name, didn’t know what colours were or how to express yourself to enable you to build a life.


Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani student and education activist who began speaking out for girls’ education at the age of 11. After surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at 15, she co-founded Malala Fund with her father Ziauddin. She is the youngest ever Nobel Laureate. Malala currently lives in the U.K. with her family. I had the pleasure of writing a dissertation on her last year and find her work truly inspiring.


Founded in 2013, Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. They believe girls are the best investment in the future peace and prosperity of our world.

Malala Fund works in regions where the most girls miss out on secondary education. Our priority countries are Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and countries housing Syrian refugees (Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey).


Find out more about the Malala Fund and how you can raise awareness by visiting their site.

The Malala Fund

Pay it forward

There are many different campaigns out there to help women all over the world. The Malala Fund happens to be my favourite which is why I’ve mentioned it here; however it is a hard choice with so many fantastic organizations out there. It helps us grow as women to support others so I encourage you to look into different female organizations. See how you can raise awareness for women’s rights everywhere. So much passion, hope and intelligence we need to bring into the world...


So as I sit here and realize how important it really is being a woman, how proud I am of my little girl and myself. I wish you all a belated happy International Women’s Day and ask you to pay it forward. 

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