Women have achieved so much over the years and International Women's Day is an incredibly important day to reflect on where we find ourselves; to celebrate as well as look forward at how men and women can all make more of a difference.
I recently heard that the World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until the year 2095 to achieve global gender parity and wouldn't close entirely until 2133, 117 years from now. It sounds a long way off and in some ways is mind boggling, but in others it makes sense when you look at how long humans have been on the planet and how the positive changes for women have been relatively recent, such as women getting the vote. In some ways we are only at the beginning of a massive change for women. We are in the middle of an evolution which makes the work of women even more important in influencing, inspiring and leading by example in our bid to close the gender gap.
For me, an essential tool in bringing about these changes is physical activity. Sport and physical activity - dance in particular - has given me the confidence to be the best person I can be and I know it helps girls, in particular, to aim high and learn about themselves. This is what I hope to support and campaign for in my role as ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust, an independent charity which is devoted to changing young people's lives through sport.