International Women’s Day with Lisa Karaki

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What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Is it important that we have one?

To me, it’s important we continually celebrate all of the strong women we have in our lives – the activists and role models, for sure, but also not forgetting our mums, sisters, and friends, those close to us who impact our lives on a daily basis. I think it’s so important that women are celebrated every day, but it is nice having a special day for it too!

What do you think the biggest global feminist issue is?

I think one of the biggest global feminist issues is the difference in pay between men and women. I still just can’t fathom why being a male means that you’re entitled to a higher wage for the exact same job! It just blows my mind that in this day and age, this is still a thing!

Who is a woman that inspires you the most and why?

My mum inspires me every single day! She’s an incredibly strong woman who works hard for what she believes in (she’s a teacher, too) but she’s also very compassionate and loving. She stands up for herself and isn’t afraid to speak her mind for what she believes is right!

What is it like to be a successful woman in today’s society?

I think it’s getting easier and easier every day to be a successful woman today. I think about the women in my nan’s time and how difficult it would be to flourish. I personally feel really lucky to be in today’s society – sure, we still have a long way to go, but women are speaking out and supporting each other to succeed.

What is the driving force behind everything you do…what keeps you motivated and driven?

Helping people! Ever since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to help people, and that drives the things I do now – I run my Instagram to help inspire people with healthy meals and positive energy, I want to be a teacher to help my future students succeed… everything I do is to help make this earth better than it was before!

What is one piece of advice to all women who are juggling between home and work?

Don’t be too hard on yourself! It’s so easy to get caught up in believing that everyone has their stuff together, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that everyone feels like a failure sometimes. We just have to remember that failing is part of the learning journey and that, as cliche as it is, no one is perfect!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Trust yourself and believe in who you are!

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