Sudha Srivastava

Join the GWI Young Members Network in celebrating International Women’s Day

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On 8 March 2021, Graduate Women International (GWI) will join the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), a day for world citizens to shine a spotlight on gender equity issues.
This years’ theme “Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” marks the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
To celebrate women and the limitless potential of young women, the GWI Young Member Network (YMN) will kick off a webinar series, “Connecting Across Generations” on 6 March 2021, 4-5pm CET.The purpose of these webinars is for GWI multigenerational members to get to know each other better and to learn from each other’s life experiences and knowledge.
“Join us on the first event with the celebrations of International Women’s Day. Let’s unite to have a great ‘Intergenerational Connection’ and start celebrating the achievements of our Global GWI Network”, said Sudha Srivastava, GWI YMN President.
Our UWE GWI members are invited to register HERE by 5 March.

We are living through history!

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The little we knew about what laid ahead for the Year 2020 when we wished Happy New Year. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has been devastating, globally. With the casualties rising against an invisible enemy, war-chest opening, worrying press conferences, small businesses shuttering, and an over-extended health service, there has not been a positive news to come out of the pandemic, naturally!

There are many negatives of the current situation but looking at the positives, this shall pass soon. While practicing ‘social distancing’ we may feel stuck at home, but we are safe at home. We might feel bored or sad because we can’t see our family and friends, but the best things come from having the time and space to think and be creative. The future generation will study the time of Covid-19, learn how rainbows were a sign of hope and hear how everyone came together to cheer and clap for the amazing people who saved lives to keep the country going. A time where the world slowed down, polluted skies cleared, and animals reclaimed the spaces. A time when families spent time among themselves, met friends on screen, treasured their one-walk a day and got to know their neighbours. When schooling went online, parents became teachers and the world went a bit crazy to stockpile essentials! We are a part of history, so shall we create a time capsule?

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies! I am concerned and worried for the difficult and unprecedented times we all are facing. But, at the same time it has given me an opportunity to reflect and enjoy this unique time. A life-time opportunity, if I say so, we get once in 100 years! I am treasuring the 24/7 time with my girls and loving husband: be it home schooling, watching movies together, fun-dancing, living-room workouts with nations favourite online PE teacher, clapping for NHS every Thursday at 8 pm, trying new recipes, painting rainbows, creating tunes or making up a funny song, photographing random acts, skipping in the garden, working from home in shifts, video calling to extended family and to people we hardly had enough time to share everything before. It took a week to settle into the new routine. Interesting to hear the video chats of my 6 years old with her friend planning what games are they going to play when they meet! My younger one having no idea what is happening around and for few days after the lockdown started, she kept putting on her jacket and boots every morning pointing to the front door to go walk to school. Now, she is happy going only to the back door where we set up something new to play in the garden. I am fortunate and thankful to God for whatever I am blessed with. Many people in the world have their own struggles. To quote the British Chancellor’s concluding remarks at the press briefing when the nationwide lock down was announced by the PM (I wish him a speedy recovery): “Now, more than at any time in our history, we will be judged by our capacity for compassion. Our ability to come through this won’t just be down to what the government or businesses do but by the individual acts of kindness that we show each other.” Amidst all this, technology is playing the greatest role than ever before!

To all my friends across the globe: we have a key role to play while writing history, to make the best we possibly can, of each and every day.

Stay Safe, Stay Positive.

Together in solidarity,

Sudha Srivastava

Editor – British Federation Women Graduates

London