International Women’s Day 2021 and #ChooseToChallenge
Throughout history, women have made unique contributions to the progression of academic fields. And International Women’s Day, which is an international holiday and was first celebrated in 1911, gives us yet another chance to talk about women’s achievements around the globe.
HireBee, as a global product which provides smart post-pandemic recruitment solutions for businesses, likewise prioritizes women’s equality and inclusivity in the workspace. And, in this occasion, joining the #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge movement, we’re happy to hear from female founders, HRs, recruitment specialists and other specialists, from our and our partners’ organizations, on what International Women’s Day means to them.
For the first volume, we have asked this question to women in local organizations, and in the second volume, we will be asking the same question to women in global organizations.
“What does international women’s day mean to you?”
March 8, the memories of my childhood light up my mind: I am painting colorful spring flowers for my mom and grandma, buying them flowers, giving them a warm hug. Those memories made me consider Women’s day as a motherhood day, and means of celebrating spring with its melodic colors.
Ani , Head of HR & OD at Flux Technologies
It’s another opportunity to remind us about a simple but essential truth, that women should be provided equal opportunities in this crazy world. It’s a nice way of saying thank you to all fabulous women who are breaking all sorts of stereotypes, who are going their way, who are showing leadership, and who are shining brightly in their field. Who dare to be whoever THEY wish and dare to do whatever THEY want.
And today the whole world can see that we are all better, kinder and more humanistic when women get the opportunities they deserve.
Tatevik, HR Manager at Rockbite Games
Special day full of respect, love, tender and strength.
Anush, Recruitment Lead Specialist at Telecom Armenia (Beeline)
International Women’s Day, in my opinion, is all about empowering and helping women across the world. I believe it should be a global demonstration of inspirational stories to honor the remarkable women who have overcome obstacles and continue to pave the way for future generations.
Seda, HR Director at MentorcliQ
…these characters of millions of shades and colors
…they always try to look a little bit more beautiful and a little bit more clever
…they Love to fight a lot and they Love to smile a lot
…they Love with full hearts and they Hate with full hearts
…they Love to seem strong and mature, and they Love to stay childish
…they Love to be noticed, to be Appreciated, and to be Loved
International Women day for us, for me, is just another chance, another moment to be Noticed..to be Appreciated.. to be Loved..
Marieta, Head of HR Department at Telcell
It’s yet another day to celebrate the gift of being a woman as a symbol of strength, intelligence, beauty, wisdom, hard work, sensitivity, multitasking, and love.
Lusia, CEO at Priotix
I would love to live in a world where everybody is treated equally and there is no need to prove or fight for our rights. For me, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate & give gratitude to every woman around the world: from a mother who put her family first, to a boss who works passionately. Let’s help lift each other up.
Let’s stay together & I believe that collective power can make the world a better place.
Ani, Head of People Operations & Organizational Development at Technamin
Armenian women continue to greatly contribute to society, the economy, education, science and other sectors; yet despite their numerous accomplishments, their work is often unrecognized or unappreciated. For any society to prosper, it must be fully inclusive, and the International Women’s Day is a day for us to become better aware, educated and encouraged to work towards a genuine understanding and practice of gender equity. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the struggles and achievements of the many pioneering Armenian women who have paved the way for our own personal achievements, such as Diana Apgar, Zaruhi Kavaljian, Zabel Yessayan, and Alenush Terian.
Lara, HR Department Management at Viva-MTS
For me, the international women’s day is a celebration of unity, inclusion and achievements of women from diverse backgrounds. It’s a day to honor women in our lives and the women who inspire us in our life, career, etc. Years ago women didn’t used to have the same right to work, so we should remember the hard journey they went on for the lives and the balance and equality we have today. As it says “Balance drives a better world”, it’s preferable at this day once again to ensure that female workers have equally meaningful and effective professional growth potential and opportunities within the company as male workers.
Ani, Recruiter at ACBA Bank
For me it’s a very unique day when you can stress once again the importance of gender equality and active engagement of women in all spheres of economy. It’s more than just achieving a more or less equal ratio of men and women in the company. It’s about ensuring that women hold positions of power, play an active role in decision-making, and have a feeling of influence and belonging.
Stella, HR Manager at VOLO
It’s a day when everyone shows appreciation, love, and respect towards women. A woman is said to be a beautiful creation of God!
It’s a day when women are recognized and celebrated for playing various roles in different spheres of life. Women have a robust spirit which makes them excel in their fields. They contribute massively to the lives of their family members and the country.
Emma, HR Manager at LMS LLC
International women’s day has different meanings and significance in various places.
Some are still fighting against violence toward women.
Some are fighting for equal rights with men.
I think a woman doesn’t need to fight for anything, and this day has beautiful and motivational meaning for me.
This day is another occasion and opportunity to appreciate and be grateful to women for their efforts to make the world a better, more beautiful, more peaceful place for all humanity, to contribute to sustainable progress to the world.
I wish all women be wise, smart, kind, and beautiful as much as possible. To learn more, to do more, to create more, to grow more and more, and be successful in all spheres of social-economic life.
Syuzanna, Head of Human Resource Management Department at Alfa Pharm
A day that reminds the world that the symbiosis of delicateness and strength makes the impossible possible.
Gayane, Co-Founder at 2mindS
We are celebrating International Women’s Day just at the beginning of spring, when the nature is getting up and it seems that new life is coming. And this is a great portrayal of women’s nature. This is a day of many beautiful flowers, love, and recognition and emphasizing women as lovely wives, attentive mothers, caring sisters, mindful daughters, accurate workers and often strong leaders.
Hripsime, Head of HR Unit at Byblos Bank Armenia
Women, guided by the idea that people are born free and equal, fought for their rights and freedom. They finally changed the perception of the role of women and became actively involved in public life. Today, due to the feminine beauty, wisdom and devotion, many companies enjoy the presence of women and, due to their professional and personal qualities, always reach great heights.
Hasmik, HR Manager at AAB Construction
The day when love, respect, beauty, happiness, success, motivation, realized thoughts, the talents, which become a great feminine force, come together. This day is a reminder to females who’ve already realized their power, and an alarm to all those who haven’t yet discovered their potential and role in the world.
Diana, HR Manager & Technical Recruiter at JoinToHire
Some Closing Comments
We are very thankful to our partners for sharing their perspectives and contributing to the blog. We are certain that any initiative will help the world become more inclusive. We’d also love to hear from our readers, so make sure to let us know: what does international women’s day mean to you?