International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day of celebration, but it is also a day to remind us of the millions worldwide who continue to fight for justice, equality and peace. This is why last March 8th, I decided to make a 15 month commitment to run 6km per day for one year…er well … 439 days to be exact. I wanted to kick off the campaign on IWD March 8th, but showcase that there is still work to be done by holding the event after IWD.
Today is day 432 and in exactly one week (next Sunday) I will run 101km for the worlds women. This past year I have missed only 6 days of this commitment; due to food poisoning and severe dehydration that caused an intestinal blockage and put me out of commission for nearly 4 days.
People always ask me why? Why do you put yourself through this? Why do you continue to run, when you are in pain, through injuries, additional stress etc etc etc? This answer is simple – because I have the choice to. Many women around the world lack the basic choice to choose, or lack the data and education that could offer them other options to live a better life, a more enriched and healthier life. Many women around the world do have basic human rights, and it is time that we stand in solidarity and continue to do our part to progress our world to a more evolved vision, where every woman, man and child can live in a world of equality.
Running and connecting people to this cause, is the one thing that I can do to forward this vision, and sometimes this means running through pain, injuries and coming face to face with my own inner struggles, vulnerabilities and adversity. Jacqueline Norvogratz once said, “it is not your job to be perfect, your job is merely to be human.”
In the Western world it is very easy to have options set forth in front of us, and this is the exceptional side of innovation, evolution and urban city living, but in rural developing countries women can spend up to 4-6 hours per day just walking the 6km – 10km distances to fetch water, firewood, and if they farm their land then they are likely to spend 12-16 hours in hard labor. We know that 55% of rural women produce half the world’s food – yet only 10% own the land, and in most countries women are prohibited from owning any land at all. Care Canada is a pinoeer in women’s centered projects!
Canada is a civilized country, yet we too are falling short of our own commitments to protecting the safety and rights of our women and children. In BC alone we have well over 137,000 children living in poverty, and the marginalized women of the DTES is another platform from which we need to address the concerns of discrimination and stigmatization. This is a global cause, and one worth fighting for.
Women and girls are the untapped resource of our globe – and there is a revolution upon us. One that is building momentum in our youth and next generation.
My quest, has always been to simple present information that I am passionate about, in the hope of spawning a conversation from which we can start to bridge gaps, develop insight and build to improve strong partnerships that break down barriers and encourage social change, at the local level and the global one.
On May 18th and May 20th you have the opportunity to be part of this conversation and to offer your ideas and facts on how we can inclusively strategize building a better humanity.
- Is this a BIG job?
- Hell yes it is, and it should be!
- How can my small contribution make an impact?
- Easy. If each of us made a small contribution, and we added all those contributions together – imagine the possibilities and impact we could have. It just takes one to start the domino affect.
On day 432, Mother’s Day of all days…
- I pay tribute to the men and women who strive for greatness.
- I pay tribute to the dedication put forth by all those who seek out unconventional means and going beyond their call of duty.
- I pay tribute to those who have fought for others, so that they too can fight for something worth fighting for.
- Most of all I pay tribute to all the mothers and daughters out there who fight for each other.
Join us on May 18th for the Women Empowered Movie & Salon Night, and follow along on May 20th, as I will be tweeting and uploading live video footage of my 101km Walk In Her Shoes Vancouver Event!
WANNA COME OUT AND RUN 6KM WITH ME (OR MORE):
LEG 1: NORTH SHORE/ DEEP COVE, 12km
START: @6am North Shore Athletics
FINISH: Myrtle Park, Deep Cove
LEG 2: NORTH SHORE/ EDGEMONT TO GROUSE MNT, 6km, 8km, 12km
START: @9am B Fit Studios to Edgemont via Mosquito Creek Trail
TRANSITION #1: Edgemont Village to Cleveland Dam (6km)
TRANSITION #2: Onwards to Grouse Mountain and Back (12km)
FINISH: Edgemont Village
LEG 3: WEST VANCOUVER, 6km Loop, 12km
START: @12pm Ambleside Dog Park (right beside the lake & pitch and putt)
FINISH: Loop on seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave and back. Over causeway for 12km
LEG 4: STANLEY PARK, 12km
FINISH: Kits Beach (parking lot at Arbutus)
LEG 5: KITS BEACH, 6km
START: @3pm Kits Beach (parking lot at Arbutus)
FINISH: Spanish Banks Beach (last parking lot)
LEG 6: UBC, 6km, 12km
START: @4pm Spanish Banks (last parking lot)
FINISH: Arbutus Village, APT
LEG 7: VANCOUVER – WEST TO EAST, 6km
START: @6pm 4255 Arbutus Village, APT North Studio
FINISH: Science World
LEG 8: VANCOUVER – DTES, 2km of Silence
START: @7pm Science World
FINISH: @8pm Terry Fox Memorial
LAST 10KM DEDICATED TO THE MISSING WOMEN NETWORK OF THE DTES.
ap with run times here!
“It is in all these small acts, that our humanity will be written. “