What would Beyoncé do?

Today marks International Women’s Day, connecting women around the world and highlighting the plight of many women who still suffer human rights abuses across the globe. Talking to one of my friends at the weekend, she confessed that she sometimes tackles situations thinking ‘What would Beyoncé do?’ taking inspiration from a powerful role model for independent women.

Uniting independent women all over the world today, several charities have put together thought-provoking campaigns to draw attention to issues affecting the global female population. The role of women in agriculture is essential for maintaining livelihoods and providing for the household needs in many countries, yet female workers are among the most marginalised, often facing discrimination and lacking land rights to be able to farm. This is particularly evident in the country I grew up in, rural Tanzania, where poor farmers face increasing challenges to their livelihoods. Independent women are often those who suffer the most.

I’m not sure what Beyoncé would do if her livelihood was compromised in such an extreme fashion, but I’m sure she would admire these women of courage who keep going despite all the odds. Perhaps we should be inspired too, and respond in whatever way we can, regardless of our gender.

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