March 8th was International Women’s Day (IWD). I had the privilege of participating in an IWD event through Peace Corps World Wise Schools program: a webinar titled “The Woman Who Is Changing My Life.” For the webinar, PCVs in a couple invited countries brought along a female community member who is changing the lives of those around her, including our own. I invited my counterpart Ana Cecilia to participate in the event, as she is a constant inspiration for me. A passionate and powerful teacher and woman, Ana Cecilia believes that education is one of the keys to the future of Nicaragua. Her drive to improve her English and her teaching make my time here worth every second.
During the webinar, we spoke with a group of middle school students in South Carolina about issues related to women, education, and how to make a difference. Ana Cecilia was able to participate directly, without my need to translate, and gave some wonderful insights into the world of Nicaragua. I feel exceptionally lucky to be working with her.
Is there a woman who is changing your life? We’d love to hear about her in the comments below. Happy International Women’s Day!