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On March 8, a strong call to #PressforProgress is observed by women all over the world to celebrate International Women's Day. This is a call to unite and motivate the whole community to be gender inclusive.

The theme was inspired by the strong global momentum of #MeToo and #TimesUp movements which is continually aiming for gender parity. In a generation where everything seemingly has developed, why is it equal treatment, regardless of gender and status, is still an issue?

Have you ever been considered lacking because of your gender? Fallen short in a job interview or received less pay because you’re not a man? Did you feel that the vote of confidence was lost because of your status?

March 7 sees many women go inwards in prayer and fasting to gain strength from within, and today March 8 sees those same women turn their strength outwards and unite in action for a better world for us all.

#MeToo as mentioned in our previous article spreads awareness about awareness regarding sexual assault, equal pay, and harassment for being simply a woman. Another movement pursuing the same concern is #TimesUp. As quoted on their website, Time’s Up “is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere”.

2 weeks after Women’s Day (March 8th), the world will observe another important event, World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st). #WDSD18 encourages communities to open equal opportunities to people with Down Syndrome for them to contribute and live valued life with full and equal basis in all aspects of the community.

Thankfully there are now companies that hire people with Down Syndrome, giving them opportunities that are not available to them everywhere. The sad part about all of these wonderful stories is that these companies are mostly start-ups, or founded and built by their own families, just to be able to give them these chances of living their life to the fullest.

One of the few blessed to have this opportunity is Madeline Stuart. With determination, gumption and grace, her story is like a fairytale where barriers are broken down and happiness is spread.

Madeline has managed the ‘impossible’, creating an awareness around what is possible for people with Down Syndrome, that we are not that different, thus projecting less separation due to what is viewed as a 'deformity' or defect. Her story is hot news and trending because of how she was able to overcome the barriers set by others to fulfill her dreams.

This International Women’s Day and World Down Syndrome Day, may we all find the courage to break down barriers and fight for equality not just inside our own organizations but also to empower and help others get that chance to equal rights and opportunities.