Tomorrow is March 8th, International Women’s Day. So, I wanted to wish you a Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s celebrate the achievements of women around the world. And, recognize there’s still a long way to go.

Break the bias

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias:

Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively, we can all #BreakTheBias.

Bias, whether deliberate or unconscious, makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Simply being aware that bias exists isn’t enough. Action is required to level the playing field. At home, in our schools, in our work places, in our communities, and in all levels of government. As individuals, we are responsible for what we think and what we do. Every day, we can speak up and break the bias.

Sharing women’s stories

Telling women and girls they can accomplish anything is one thing. Expressing this sentiment through the words of women who have overcome adversity is another thing altogether. So, sharing women’s stories and quotes reminds us of everything we’ve achieved so far. And, what we can accomplish in the future.

Happy International Women's Day, Photo of all hands in by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

For the last few weeks, I’ve been celebrating women in our community. They are business owners, coffee shop members, customers, and friends. They’re all amazing women who truly inspire me. There are far too many to list here. But, you can see them on my Facebook page, Instagram account, or in the COKANNA Virtual Coffee Shop group.

Happy International Women's Day, Photo of hands spelling out the word love by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

This is what I strive for with my daughter. And, I wish this for all women and girls because we live in a world that makes us feel quite the opposite.

My why

My why is lifting women up in what they wear. Especially women over 40, 50, 60 & beyond, when we start to feel less than, even invisible. When it comes to fashion, it requires making it easy to get dressed in the morning. Simplifying our decisions about what to wear. Being comfortable all day long. And finally, feeling good about supporting local ethically made products using natural fibres.

If we have all the above, then we’ll feel comfortable and confident in our own skin. The end result: We see the woman, not the dress.


Happy International Women’s Day!

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support Rethink Breast Cancer‘s metastatic breast cancer education, support, and advocacy work.