Day 8 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': Raising My Voice Part II

The below is from the original Facebook post from March 8th 2017, 11:24pm:

Phew! Happy International Women's Day, everyone! And, what a day!! My stomach was filled with absolute butterflies about today. I'd asked friends if they were able to come down to parliament c. 11.30am today in support of the day, yet I had not exactly explained what the 'surprise' would be.

Today dealt with WAY more out-of-my-comfort-zone challenges than I had anticipated, so I just had to surrender to them and let the day happen. The challenges: (1) show up to an organised celebration on International Women's Day, (2) sing as part of a FLASH MOB (!) the song 'Quiet' by MILCK, (3) wear a 'pussy hat' (pink hats shaped to have cat ears, named 'pussyhats' after Trump's filthy comment about "grabbing them by the pussy") and (4) take part in the Peace Walk.

 Wearing a 'PussyHat' prior to singing MILCK's 'Quiet' on International Women's Day 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand

Wearing a 'PussyHat' prior to singing MILCK's 'Quiet' on International Women's Day 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand

Unanticipated challenges/opportunities: (5) continue singing 'Quiet' while walking along Lambton Quay and other streets on the way to Civic Square, (6) be okay being filmed and having photos taken of me, (7) be INTERVIEWED by Vice reporters about my views on what being a woman in NZ meant to me, what my views were about the pay wage gap and my views on what can be done in NZ about 1 in 3 women being sexually assaulted (horrific statistic - especially, in high school we'd all been told it was 1 in 4 women...). Being able to raise my voice and express my views felt like a huge privilege and I hope that I did women everywhere proud (it was really quite hard thinking of what to say on the spot and this made me feel quite vulnerable!)

 Being interviewed by Vice media. What an unexpected experience!

Being interviewed by Vice media. What an unexpected experience!

I can't quite articulate what today has meant to me, except for that I feel like I'm absolutely buzzing from being around so many incredible and inspiring women and really need to rest. Today's challenges really, really pushed me outside of my comfort zone in ways that I did not expect.

Now, time for rest! I'm excited about what challenges and opportunities tomorrow may bring <3 xx

Jennifer Young