Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate the successes of half the population in their efforts to achieve equality. In the UK and Europe women have come a long way, but there’s still far to go, particularly in ending violence against women and closing the pay gap. In other parts of the world women face discrimination and violence on varying levels, and in my own Malaysia I’ve been at the receiving end of this in various ways; thankfully nowhere near as terrible as what some others have experienced, but upsetting nonetheless, and very telling of prevailing attitudes. I believe the way to achieve change is from everyday activism – standing up for ourselves, respecting ourselves and each other, educating future generations as well as those around us, and above all refusing to believe that anyone can tell us what we should do, how we should look, or what we deserve, just because we are women.

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