International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To commemorate this day, we sat down with a few fearless, female Mission Possible volunteers from our regional offices and asked them what International Women’s Day meant to them, the importance of volunteering and what they are most excited for in the year ahead for Mission Possible.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
“IWD is that time of the year where we take a pause, relish our achievements and accomplishments, get inspired and motivated to engage fearlessly, collaborate openly and thrive together.” Kirti Verma, Software Engineer, LogMeIn India
“For me, International Women’s Day, means celebrating the major contribution and achievements that women have made and continue to make for equality in all areas over the past century. It is a day to show our appreciation. Gender should be non-limiting and irrelevant.” Nuala Kerrane, Office Manager, LogMeIn London
“To me, International Women’s Day is a time to take a minute to stop and ask ourselves “Where I am today compared to last year? Do I feel happy and complete? Would I want to change something in my life?” Orly Levi, Office Manager, LogMeIn Herzliya
Why do you think it’s important to volunteer and help others, including women?
“It is crucial in this day and age that equality and inclusion for all is promoted throughout the world. We, as women, have a responsibility to ourselves and to others to eliminate injustices in society. When we find ourselves in a position of privilege, it is important to recognize how we got to this point and to give something back in gratitude. Volunteering and helping those less fortunate is a deserving place to start.” Ericka Gilger, Accounting Supervisor, LogMeIn Dublin
“Besides the obvious joy of giving back, helping others, and making (or hoping to make) even the slightest difference, I love the new experiences and insights volunteering provides. To be able to create connections with people I may not have been able to and seeing things with a whole new perspective is so inspiring. Learning new things, about people, cooperation and compassion is why I never want to stop.” Ashley Purtzer, Collaboration Account Manager, LogMeIn Tempe
“Volunteering is an action that has a direct impact on others in a positive way. It can restore hope in those in need and bring people together. As women, it is essential to support and learn from other women and collaborate for future generations.” Sarah Jaimes, Corporate Account Manager, LogMeIn Santa Barbara
Whether it’s promoting STEM education for girls with CoderDojo or raising women and their families up with Homeward Bound, what excites you most about Mission Possible and the year ahead for the women of the world that we support?
“What excites me most about Mission Possible for the year ahead is the difference that my colleagues and myself can make in people’s lives through volunteering. I appreciate the close bond and support that my female colleagues have for each other. It’s empowering and very satisfying that we can make a difference, however small. I’m looking forward to the exciting contributions our office will be making to Mission Possible for the year ahead.” Nuala Kerrane, Office Manager, LogMeIn London
“Had it not been for the contributions of Lady Ada Lovelace; Grace Hopper and several other women who worked on THE ENIAC during WW2 – the world of computers and technology would not have come so far. I feel excited that LMI channels its resources to programmes like CoderDojo – to teach the young minds, develop their skills and help them build their dream. I am also very proud to be a part of an organization that supports so many charitable causes.” Kirti Verma, Software Engineer, LogMeIn India
“Homeward Bound, one of our non-profit partners in Tempe, is such an incredible place. They empower women who want to better their lives through education, training and experience. To be able to work with both the employees and volunteers at Homeward Bound, but more importantly the women who are working hard every day to change their paths, who are determined to learn and do whatever they need to do in order to better their lives and the lives of their children, will be so inspiring, and most likely, life changing.” Ashley Purtzer, Collaboration Account Manager, LogMeIn Tempe