8 Empowering Things Filipinas Need to Know NOW
We live in a time when we are able to gather the strength and courage as women to speak our minds, to be who we want to be, and to fight for what is right. But there will still be those who will try to put us down and make us feel like we’re not enough. When you begin to feel like your gender is a handicap, here are a few reminders to help keep you empowered.
8. You don’t need love to prove your worth
You don’t need men falling at your feet to feel you’re beautiful and capable of being loved. Your life doesn’t begin in the arms of someone else. Your womanhood is not defined by how much of a catch your partner is or by how many children you bear. You can be perfectly happy and successful on your own, as long as you believe you are.
7. The fight against misogyny
is stronger than ever
The world may still be filled with close-minded sexists (some of them holding the highest seat in government), but the more women are oppressed and discriminated, the more people are coming together to fight against it. Don’t be discouraged by how you’re being put down because of your gender; find confidence in the support of a million others fighting alongside you for your rights.
6. To truly feel empowered,
empower those who need it most
Empowerment doesn’t end with you doing things for your own self. You must also help empower others to do what they want, should, and deserve to do. Aid an underprivileged child to enroll in school; help someone learn how to read; and educate the youth about the harms of rape culture, just to name a few.
5. Having acne doesn’t make you any less beautiful
We accept acne as a normal thing we experience, but we always wish it wasn’t. We wish we had eternally flawless skin, to be proud to say “I woke up like this,” to be able to rock the No Makeup Look like Alicia Keys. But having acne doesn’t and shouldn’t make you feel any less beautiful. Natural beauty is what is natural—blemishes and all—and not what Hollywood dictates as ideal.
4. Female bosses lead to better business
The next time you feel inferior to your male co-workers and superiors, keep in mind that on average, companies led by females achieve higher financial performance than companies dominated by men. You are instrumental to the success of your workplace; never sell yourself short.
3. There is an increased representation of the LGBT+ community in pop culture
Popular cartoons are already teaching young audiences that love is love and knows no gender. Find comfort in knowing that there is an increasing community of people who will understand and accept you for who you truly are.
2. It’s never because of what you wear
Not, it’s never how long or short your skirt is; how body-forming your dress is; how much or how little skin you show. In other words, don’t ever feel like it’s your fault you get catcalled or harassed on the street for “dressing that way.” It isn’t; it never will be.
1. You’re not alone in your fight; you can meet a whole community of empowered women at the Belle de Jour Fair 2016!
On its 11th year of empowering Filipina women, Viviamo!, Inc. holds its biggest annual fundraising event for the various advocacies it supports—the 8th Belle de Jour Fair: Rise Above the Waves. Listen to inspiring talks by women from different backgrounds, win tons of freebies, and enjoy exclusive perks including a 20% discount to the 2017 Belle de Jour Power Planner. Be among a community of Filipinas who will motivate you to be your best possible self—empowered, fearless, and limitless.
The BDJ Fair will take place this Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia, Music Hall from 10A.M. to 10P.M. Register and get your tickets at BDJ’s website!
What other empowering things would you like Filipino women to know today? Tell us your thoughts below!