Happy International Women’s Day

Today, of course, is International Women’s Day. A very beautiful day it is too. The sky is pale blue between light wispy clouds, and the Spring sun is shining gently over the green and brown hills that surround the small valley I call home.

This morning I have texted my mother and all my women friends to wish them a good day and send them my love. I have brushed my daughters first wobbly tooth, put her favourite clip in her hair, and taken her to school.

And I have watched this video, more than once. It has been made by two women, Rachael Fulton and Aimee Beveridge, both of whom are multi media journalists at Glasgow Caledonian. It is a short film that aims to provide insight into the lives of 19 different women, all of varying ages, races, and walks of life.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy International Women’s Day everyone.


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8 Responses to Happy International Women’s Day

  1. Steve says:

    I hope you have a very happy Internation Woman’s Day too!

  2. EmmaK says:

    HAPPY IWD!!!….ahhh….still so much more to do. Really depressing data on violence to women: http://www.actionaid.org.au/blog/sexual-violence-can-affect-women-n-girls-throughout-their-lives
    It is great that in your work you are helping women who suffer from domestic violence. I would like to do it but I don’t know if I would not get really depressed about it. How do you detach enough to do your job?

    • Gappy says:

      Yes the statistics on that link are horrible. But not surprising really.

      As for how I detach enough to do my job – I’d say it was practice at the end of the day. As in you develop skills that allow you to take a step back as you go along. I find it useful to remind myself that it is essential I *do* take a step back, as I’m no decent support for anyone if I’m falling apart myself. Also – and I know how awful this sounds – but it does become like you’re just hearing the same story over and over again, and so after a while it starts to lose its power to distress you. Occasionally though all of us are caught out and someone specific will really get to you. For me it tends to be the very young women. Women who should be full of life, standing at the beginning of their adulthood with plans to go to university, set up their own businesses, go travelling, or in some other way follow their dreams. And instead they’re having all their self belief knocked out of them. It makes me very sad. But I also have a right to a decent homelife and ultimately it is their stuff, not mine. I have to keep reminding myself of that.

  3. A belated happy IWD. Hope you had a good one. Thank you for sharing the film, loved it. x

    • Gappy says:

      And to you. Wasn’t the film just lovely? It’s the little girl who wants to move to Paris with all her friends and get a sausage dog that really got to me. I really really hope she does it.

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