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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

 Posted on 8th March 2024  3 minute read

Another year and another opportunity to celebrate and commend the wonderful women of today and yesteryear on International Women’s Day.

In recent years, IWD has been a globally celebrated day bringing women together, globally. From the online and in-person inspiring events featuring guest speakers that are making a significant difference in society, to the women lead networking opportunities and the open discussions around why #inspireinclusion matters, it is such a great opportunity to recognise the positive impact women have made and how they are shaping the future.

This year the theme is ‘inspiring inclusion’ which focuses on the importance of living in a society where women feel valued, respected and empowered in day to day life.

With the theme in mind, we thought it would be a great opportunity to reach out to our women in the community to find out what ‘Inclusion and Community’ means to them….

Tiffany Cameron / Instagram: @tiffany_cameron11

Today we celebrate the strength of a woman and what it means to be a part of a community that accepts everyone for who they are on the inside and out. Let today be a reminder that nobody looks exactly like you and that alone is something to be proud of. Let today be a reminder that you matter and you are loved. Embrace your uniqueness, keep standing up for what you believe in and continue to uplift and inspire the women around you. Together we stay united.

Joti Gata-Aura / Instagram: @postivelydiverse  

Inclusion to me means that I am not struggling alone but am part of a community that belongs to people who are going through similar shared experiences with Vitiligo. 

Community means coming together and lifting each other up in time of need. Equally, it is also about celebrating our skin and our differences with others who truly understand how it feels to live with Vitiligo.

Being part of a community allows me to share my thoughts and personal journey within a safe space and gives me a sense of purpose and belonging. 

Clarissa / Instagram: @colorschemin_

As a woman living with vitiligo, inclusion and community mean finding acceptance and support in the diverse tapestry of humanity. Through shared experiences and connections with others, I’m on a journey to embrace my authentic self, celebrating the beauty of differences while fostering a sense of belonging for all.

Celange / Instagram: @vitiligotlc

Inclusion to me means that all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities or health care needs have the right to be respected, appreciated and valued. Community to me means belonging and feeling supported. 

There have been times when I’ve felt excluded and so I go above and beyond to make sure everyone in my company feels included, seen and heard. I love the vitiligo community, and it’s so special when meeting someone with vitiligo, there’s a moment shared between both people with vitiligo of complete understanding and empathy.

Leonna Mayor / Instagram: @leonnamayor

I think being involved in a group / community where we have the same aliments (if we’ d call it that now) is a huge relief. It’s people to talk to or turn to when you need it the most. Vitiligo is a hard one to swallow initially I think as it’s ever changing and ever growing literally. But once you have learned to accept it and embrace it all becomes a lot easier. 

The vitiligo society has helped me see so many other people that have it and how beautiful it can truly be, and I’m so grateful for that.

Natalie Ambersley / Instagram: @gifted_skin

Inclusivity and community are vital for society to thrive, regardless of who you are.

Being part of the vitiligo community has changed me in so many ways. Its allowed me to feel valued, supported and included, and has empowered me to be my most authentic self. Something I thought would never happen.

Fostering inclusivity and building strong communities strengthens social connection enabling us to celebrate the richness of our differences whilst uniting us on a global scale.

Erika Page / Instagram: @livingdappled  

Community is about bringing people together through shared and different experiences to celebrate and support one another. So thankful to both have and help build that community for women living with vitiligo!

Jackie McDonald / Instagram: @vitiligovanquish

I have so enjoyed meeting so many lovely vitiligo sisters from around the world in recent years! Its made me feel part of a strong community that understands the journey and struggles with vitiligo.

Each lady has a unique but relatable story and something so valuable to offer the vitiligo family!

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