Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day, a global call for female equality and empowerment and a day when thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.
It’s also the day I’ve spent learning about and generally admiring Team SCA, an all-female professional sailing team currently battling through the Volvo Ocean Race, a 38,739-nautical mile round-the-world yacht race and arguably one of the most demanding sports events in the world. Their endeavours exemplify the spirit of this important day.
I watched a video with my daughter and we both found it incredibly inspiring. J immediately started talking about how she is going to practice and be a great swimmer.
I’m told it’s the first time in 12 years that an all female team has competed in this punishing race. The team is supported by SCA (the Swedish leading global hygiene and forest products company behind brands like Plenty and Bodyform) and is skippered by renowned British single-handed sailor Sam Davies.
Team SCA started the race in Alicante, Spain in October 2014 and will finish at the end of June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. They’re currently just past the half way mark and about to embark on Leg Five from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil. The crew will face fiercely strong winds, deep waves, freezing temperatures and hazardous icebergs. It’s a true test of endurance.
Right now, Team SCA is joining millions all over the world to celebrate International Women’s Day, and as part of this have launched Amazing Women Everywhere, a global storytelling initiative to celebrate women around the world who have a positive impact on others, their communities and their surroundings.
The Amazing Women Everywhere website is home to a digital photo mosaic that enables anyone to share the story of the women who inspire them.
As well as celebrating women, the campaign is connected to a donation to the World Wide Fund for Nature, with a donation made for every story submitted.
If you’d like to participate in the Amazing Women Everywhere campaign, just take a photo of the woman who inspires you and upload her story and photo at www.teamsca.com/awemosaic.
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I’d love to hear about the women who inspire you. Let me know in the comments.
This is a commissioned post for Team SCA. Imagery via Team SCA.