You may have seen the #InternationalWomensDay hashtag shared around, but what makes this day important and how can we honour it? Here are 5 of our favourite quotes from the CellCgirl sisterhood to inspire you this International Women’s Day.

“There’s so much we can all draw from one another's life experiences and that should not be taken for granted.”

We love how this quote by Boipelo Mabe explains the importance of women sharing and supporting one another. International Women’s Day is the perfect time for us to build bridges and create open and honest conversations. Remember that you’re not alone in your experiences, and sharing them with other girls can inspire them and give them strength.

"Do not compare yourself to the next girl. Do not succumb to the social pressures of what success looks like.”

Tamaryn Green tells it like it is- comparisons, especially online, are a big obstacle for many women and young girls alike. International Women’s Day is our opportunity to show our sisters some love, and to remember that we are just as worthy of admiration and respect as they are.

“Don't be too hard on yourself. Everything you set your mind to takes time. Be proud of yourself because you are doing the best you can with what you have.”

Tumelo Mothotoane reminds us that patience with your progress and self-care is important, especially if you’re a part of a greater social change such as gender equality. Let today be your day to reflect on your success so far, and to show yourself love instead of beating yourself up about past failures.

“This is a time for dialogue, for men to account, for leaders to lead and for change to be introduced.”

This quote from Candice Modiselle from The Daily Mint brings us back to the core of #InternationalWomensDay. This day is a chance for us to start the important conversations around women’s rights. This is also your chance to learn more about the options and opportunities that are available to you. You can find bursaries and internships on our Opportunities page, as well as many other resources browsing the CellCgirl site.

“We’re sitting with qualified young women who don’t have work and aren’t contributing to the country’s economy.”

In our Chit-Chat with Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa, she shared with us an issue in South Africa which she is passionate about- the fact that, while there are more female graduates, they are still largely unrepresented in the workplace.

Today is International Women’s Day.

CellCgirl supports International Women’s Day as it aligns with our Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® initiative and what we aim to achieve. With Take a Girl Child to Work Day®, thousands of girl learners get the opportunity to spend time in the workplace every year. The programme creates conversations around equality and empowerment in South Africa and keeps the role of women in the workplace on the minds of decision makers and business leaders.

#InternationalWomensDay is more than a hashtag- it’s a reminder of how important opportunities and rights are for young girls, in South Africa as well as in the world at large. Female empowerment needs more than a day and that’s why CellCgirl, an extension of Take a Girl Child to Work Day, is #MoreThanADay.

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