I love marking International Women’s Day each year because I feel my life is enriched and challenged by the women I not only have around me but those that I either read or write about around the world too. This year, I’ve created an acrostic poem to highlight some of the qualities I find truly inspiring about women in the world today.
Incredible strength of character;
Not afraid to speak their minds;
Tough on the outside, but tender-hearted too,
Enriching the lives of others by what they do.
Reality for so many is not what it should be,
Never allowed to choose – to be free.
At times I ache for women trapped in unjust lives,
Terrified for them – and feeling helpless besides.
In their response to life they inspire me:
Once more facing the day with determination;
Not allowing circumstances to dominate;
Always responding with dignity;
Loving those around them with such grace and mercy.
Women around the world
Overcoming hardship, injustice and prejudice daily.
My own world is cossetted by comparison – but still I face obstacles;
Endurance and education is key for us all.
Not settling but pushing ourselves to go far;
’Solid faith in who we are.
Don’t ever stop believing in yourself,
Always aim high – you have what it takes to see it through;
Your very existence spurs me on to be the best I can be too.