Stories That Are Valuable to Womankind for Distinct Reasons
On the 6th of March 2021, I had an idea of how I could not only celebrate but help raise awareness of International Women’s Day (IWD) through a medium I naturally, deeply love; writing. So I set to work on a writing challenge as part of this year’s #ChooseToChallenge theme.
I wanted to encourage as many writers as I possibly could to take part and was sure to share the story on every social media platform I have an account with. This was incredibly exhausting. I had such little time to spread the word that I crammed what needed to be a 3–5 day stint of communicating into less than 24 hours by the time the story had been finalised and published.
I was taken aback by the amount of engagement I got from this challenge I had whipped up. A lot of friends (close ones and social media ones alike) helped me spread the word by sharing it on their profiles. And the Instagram reel I made is currently sitting at 1,255 views! Might not seem like a lot but considering I have 233 followers and only a fraction of those are writers/interested in writing, it really meant a lot to me.
Despite this, only a handful of people responded with pieces that specifically resulted from my prompt. I have definitely learned a lot through the process and am proud that I jumped to action and actually did something for International Women’s Day this year.
The whole objective of this challenge was to enable writers to take a bit of time to recognise the value of women who would otherwise be at risk of being forgotten throughout time. And I believe I had achieved this, so I’m happy!
After digesting these below reads, I felt the urge to bring attention to them for what individual elements they represent. I greatly appreciate the effort the writers have injected into these stories — and not just those who identify as women.