Genetics & Generations
Happy Belated International Women’s Day
The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is: I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multi-generational campaign: Generation Equality, which marks the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
You can read more information HERE: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2019/12/announcer-international-womens-day-2020-theme
As we explore the weight women carry and the hurdles women have to jump, coupled with the inequalities of life, I’ve made a commitment to contribute to the UN goals. It’s important for my tri-dimensional focus speaking of:-
1) Personal Legacy
2) Generational Legacy
3) Eternal Legacy
Since the mastectomy, my entire focus has shifted drastically. I am more concerned about LEGACY given the deeper understanding of our /my mortality.
I began thinking about my eulogy- How do I want to live my life? How did I serve my generation? And what generational seeds did I sow?
I’ve been to Ghana in 2017 and Ethiopia in 2019, on both occasions through conversation with complete strangers, they have shared the impact of my dad’s work. This in turn has caused me to think deeply about purpose. When we think about:- Rosa Parks, Katherine Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Corretta Scott King, Baroness Rosalind Howells and Malorie Blackman; these great women and others have created their own pathway, but they also illuminated a pathway for me to navigate.
DREAM LOUD DREAM BIG DREAM IN COLOUR are the motivating words of my favourite author.
International Women’s Day reminds me to raise my aspirations, to hang out with people that are bigger than me and can help me increase my capacity for more.
Genetics Speaks of your DNA code passed through your family blood line. I am waiting for the results of my genetic test to find out if I have the BRCA gene – The gene associated with Breast cancer. Some doctors believe that you can change the nature of your physiology by how you think, this has the ability to balance your interior empires.
In order to have generational impact I need to think generationally, and go beyond my borders. Beyond the borders of my geography, my network, my capability and ultimately my thinking.
International Women’s Day provided me with an opportunity to think deeper and wider about legacy.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?