International Womens’ Day

As we salute the fairer sex, for our beauty, bravery and boldness and for being so charmingly complex, men and women all over the world show love and gratitude to the birth givers and nurturers who make the world go round.

Stay blessed xxx

I’ve borrowed this from Sir Richard Branson’s blog.

Today is International Women’s Day, the perfect time to reflect on why empowering women will transform our societies. Ela Bhatt of The Elders quoted Mahatma Gandhi on the subject. He said: “Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.”

Ela continued: “Even in 2013, Gandhiji’s words ring too true. On March 8th we mark International Women’s Day, a day to remind our communities that women and girls still face so many obstacles: violence, discrimination, traditions that hold us back.”

Recently we met a group of 40 women who attended our Bhubezi clinic in South Africa, and asked them the question: “Have any of you been raped?”. The women burst into laughter. One of them responded by saying “you should ask have any of us NOT been raped”, which we did. Not one of them raised their hands.

As you can see in the video above, I am supporting Breakthrough’s Ring The Bell global campaign to help end violence against women. You can add your own promise call for an end to violence too.

A final, hopeful note, from Ela on International Women’s Day: “It is also a day of celebration, of recognition that if we can break down these obstacles, women can – and will – transform our societies.”

By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group

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