I celebrate the woman in me on International Women's Day

Urmila Chanam
Posted March 9, 2019 from India
A picture from my trips and travels I undertake to reach girls and women in India and teach them about their bodies, physiology, menstruation and menstrual hygiene management. Behind me you see giant sugar cane,this belt beingfamous for producing sugar.Uttar Pradesh, India, 2018.

I celebrate myself because I stand up against people who harmed me or others and tell them, I reject them in my life.

I celebrate myself for standing up against sexism at workplace and fighting back.

I celebrate myself because I chose truth over keeping the job which came with gender politics and patriarchal control.

I celebrate myself for living alone in a big city where 12.5 million people live, making all my decisions on my own, run my household and yet never allow loneliness and feeling low seep into my mind.

I celebrate myself because even though I did not have a successful marriage I still believe in true love.

I celebrate myself because I have let unknown people known to me and placed trust on them to allow them to prove that strangers are friends yet to be discovered.

I celebrate myself because I forgive and give many chances and more.

I celebrate myself for the way my daughter is turning out and the respect we have for each other.

I celebrate myself for looking after myself and many people in my life.

I celebrate myself because I still have wonder inside of me to see, hear, smell, touch and feel new experiences and sights.

This Women's Day I am proud of this woman who resides inside of me who believes she will overcome.

 

This story was submitted in response to Change Starts With a Story.

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Olutosin
Mar 10
Mar 10

We must learn to celebrate ourselves. I just started last week and I will definitely continue. Thanks dor celebrating YOU! Well deserved.
Love you my dearest sister.

Urmila Chanam
Mar 10
Mar 10

Sister Olutosin, celebrations have so much gratitude for all the times you stood up and while I celebrate all the women who inspired and touched my life with you at the top of the list, lets not forget the woman who lives in us who braved all the odds. I celebrate you my sister.

Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
India

Eastina Taylor
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thanks for reminding us to stop sometimes and celebrate ourselves. I celebrate you too for being such a brave woman

Urmila Chanam
Mar 10
Mar 10

Sister, look at you the person and what all you have gone through and how many time you have resurfaced. Is that not enough to hug yourself? Wish you a happy #IWD month.
Love always
Urmila Chanam

Jill Langhus
Mar 10
Mar 10

Amen! Well, said, Urmila. You should be proud for all those accomplishments, and many, many more.

I hope you had a great IWD, dear:-)

Urmila Chanam
Mar 10
Mar 10

Sister Jill, I had a very busy IWD, I could not organize the midnight march I had planned but I did a photoshoot for the annual launch of Breaking the Silence Campaign, met few people from different organizations who came to visit me to show support, was engaged online with World Pulse wave. A very funny thing happened while I was out with the photographer who has done this since 2015. Since I was wearing a red dress which causes quite a stir, red being the color of a bride and fertility and my placard was an icing on the top. My photographer could not carry on with his work, many passers-by were keen to know what was happening!

Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam,
India

Jill Langhus
Mar 10
Mar 10

I bet! Great:-)

Oh, wow! You were a show-stopper, literally...LOL:-) Such a trailblazer.

Hope you have a great week!

XX

Paulina Nayra
Mar 10
Mar 10

Sister Urmila,
I love the poetry in your story. We should make it a mantra. Every woman should celebrate herself, her uniqueness, her purpose, her beauty, her vision and much more. I celebrate with you.
Hugggs...
Paulina

Urmila Chanam
Mar 10
Mar 10

Dear Paulina,
I once attended a leadership workshop where we were made to hug others then asked to hug ourselves and the exercise taught me to be empathetic to me, the person inside me as I also ensure I am kind to others. have seen women lead their days with guilt, frustration, high expectations and remorse which rob us of our joy. I love you sister, waiting to bump into you, again!

Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam

Hello, Sister Urmila,

I celebrate you, too! But thanks for reminding us to celebrate ourselves, too. It keeps us focus on our strengths and victories. What a great idea!

Thank you for sharing!

Urmila Chanam
Mar 10
Mar 10

Dear Karen,
And I celebrate you, sister. I love your sense of humor when you said your height helped you to put the psoters in the workshop and I love your sensitivity when you write. can't wait to read your new story. I also find celebrating yourself is important to forgive yourself and see you are only human and you did the best in the circumstances.

Love and hugs
Urmila Chanam

Hello, Sis Urmila,

Thank you! Ah, yes, I can be a bit quirky and funny. I love that you appreciate it.

Yesterday, I wrote these words on my journal, “I celebrate Karen!”. I still need to enumerate why I do, though. Thank you for the idea, sis Urmila.

I’m so happy to be in correspondence with you!