International Women’s Day: What does it mean to you? 

Am 8. März ist Weltfrauentag. Viele wissen, dass es diesen Tag gibt, doch welche Bedeutung hat dieser wirklich für uns Frauen? Sonja ist zur Zeit in Witten auf der Oikos Winter School zum Thema Sustainability in Fashion und hatte das große Glück, inspirierende motivierte junge Frauen aus aller Welt kennen lernen zu dürfen und hat diese nach ihren Gedanken und Meinungen zum Internationalen Weltfrauentag gefragt. 
Also macht euch gefasst auf geballte WOMENPOWER ;):
Haya, Jordan

Gründerin der ersten nachhaltigen Marke und Online Plattform im Mittleren Osten SUSTA Fashion: the Sustainable fashion runway sowie Gründerin der senergy NGO, eine Organisation für junge Leute, die sich für ein nachhaltiges Jordanien einsetzen.

In this day, we celebrate our moms, our female teachers, our sisters and our daughters.

We celebrate freedom, we celebrate respect, we celebrate beauty, we celebrate power.

I dont call myself a feminist, but a humanist.

We all have the right to vote, to work, to shop, to practice our religious rituals, and political views.We all have the right to be safe.

If there is a problem that I might be worried about the woman in this century it would not be women to be equal to men – which I don’t aim to! – but I am worried about men and women equality to the basic human living standards!

If I would have the power to change the world to make women’s life easier?

I will not have mercy in woman sexual harrassment laws, I will not have mercy in woman opression laws.

Sara, Italy

Studiert an der Copenhagen Business School: Cand. Merc. International Marketing and Management, Mitglied bei oikos Copenhagen

I come from Italy and on women’s day men are used to celebrating by presenting women with flowers for the occasion.

However, the best present we, as women, could receive from men would be that stereotypes about women are abandoned.

That if I play football and/or basketball or I burp for fun like guys do, I’m not necessarily a lesbian, that if I am nervous I am not necessarily on my period.

I want you to open the door for me as you would do with a male friend that you want to be nice to.

I am capable of working as hard and well as men do, and I want this to be reflected in my wages.
Leave the flowers on the trees and treat me as if I were your peer, that is how I want to be celebrated every day, forever.

Bianca, Italy

Studiert an der ESCP Europe: Master in International Sustainbility Management. Im letzten Jahr hat Bianca unter anderem für die Organisation UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East gearbeitet.

The 8th of March reminds me of when I was a kid. On that day, my dad used to give me a mimosa, a yellow plant traditionally donated to women in Italy in order to celebrate them. I have always been, indeed, a lucky woman. Supported by my family who never made me doubt my potential and pushed me to become a confident and powerful woman.

Today my thoughts go to all of our great women. And particularly to the mothers rescuing their children from the war or accepting to leave them in order to try to give them a future. With the wish that all of them are going to find peace. And hoping they don’t doubt of their power and confidence, from which I can only learn everyday.

Lina, Austria

Studiert an der FH Krems: Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement, MA, Mitglied von oikos Vienna, hat ihr eigenes Projekt SDGs@school, welches Jugendliche über einen nachhaltigen Konsum aufklären soll

lina

Meiner Meinung nach haftet dem Feminismus ein ziemlicher schlechter Ruf an. Es sollte darum gehen, um die eigenen Rechte zu kämpfen und nicht darum, Männer oder das eigene Geschlecht zu verdrängen, das Frausein. Chimanda Ngozi Adichie (unbedingt Youtuben 😉 ) beschreibt es ziemlich treffend und ist ein inspirierendes Vorbild für mich: “Ich bin Feministin, aber ich trage trotzdem gerne Lippenstift.” Anstatt den Satz mit einer abschwächenden Bemerkung zu beenden sollten wir, Männer UND Frauen mit Stolz dazu stehen und uns wieder der wahren Bedeutung von Feminismus bewusst werden.

Cara, Germany

Studiert an der Akademy for Fashion and Design Berlin: Fashion- and Designmanagement, ist gerade dabei ein Unijournal herauszubringen.

cara

Welfrauentag ist sehr wichtig, weil er einem zum Nachdenken anregt und einen daran erinnert, was schon alles hinsichtlich Frauenrechte erreicht worden ist und was noch alles passieren muss. Ein Tag der Reflektion: was haben wir geschafft und was muss sich in Zukunft noch verändern. Außerdem sollten insbesondere die Frauen geehrt werden, die schon was erreicht haben.

Anya, California, USA

Studiert an der ESCP Europe: Master in International Sustainbility Management.

anya

My biggest role model is my Grandma. She was a mother of five, grandma of sixteen, community leader, activist, artist, and businesswoman. She had incredible integrity, was compassionate, passionate and always fought for what she believed in. She encouraged me, and all her grandchildren, to be leaders and that we could achieve anything we set our minds to.

Camilla, Italy 

Studiert an der ESCP Europe: Master in International Sustainability Management 

camilla
 

“It was massive undertaking, but it needed to be done” – this is Safia Minney referring to the initial startup of ‘People Tree’. I believe there are women around the world driven by the same energy and determination to bring positive change as the energy and determination which drove Safia. My wish for the women’s day is that these passionate ladies will meet the adequate support and enthusiasm from their communities in order to achieve the change they aim to.

Photocredits: Jan Rüter

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