The Congolese Community of Washington Metropolitan is blessed to be held by a strong network of Congolese Mothers, Sisters and Cousines. Since the birth of the CCWM, many activities were made possible because "les mamans" gathered to organize, support and provide for the community. Is it safe to say that where men think they can't, Women always will? It seems that recognition is not even what will fix the years that kept our female force behind. Although it should be considered Women's Day, EVERY single day, we hope that the 2021 International Women's Day #IWD and the #WHM (Women's History Month) events bring us closer to our wives & daughters' aspirations in life, and make all men realize the precious input expected.
CCWM will soon present a serie of events leading to the launch of the CCWM Women Forum on March 20th 2021. The Women Forum is a new platform providing a monthly online meeting of Congolese women residents of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, to acknowledge the multiple angles of strength within the network, to build new relationships and learn from one another, and finally to create a monthly moment for women empowerment workshops. Follow the CCWM's Facebook page and website for more details to come. Meanwhile, we can all follow, support and participate to the International Women's Day coming on the 8th of March (www.internationalwomensday.com) and the Women's History Month as observed all across America, UK, Canada and other countries.
Here is more about both campaigns.
Find the 2021 Event Highlights on the official website at: www.womenshistorymonth.gov
Will you #ChooseToChallenge?
Show your support and solidarity.
Raise your hand high to show you're in and that you commit to choose to challenge and call out inequality.
Individuals and organizations are invited to send in their #ChooseToChallenge images as we share images from around the world in the lead up to International Women's Day 2021.
So strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand high to show your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.
Submissions are photographs of individual or group compositions striking the #ChooseToChallenge hand up pose to potentially be shared on the IWD website and social media feeds - and are ideally 16:9 aspect ratio (landscape composition; max 3000 pixels width). All gender identities welcome. Please submit #ChooseToChallenge images as early as possible. Click here.
Visit the IWD 2021 Gallery to see images from women's equality advocates around the world helping to amplify the cause.
"A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
So let's all choose to challenge.
How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality."