International Women’s Day is largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements. This year’s theme is Press for Progress, with hashtag #PressforProgress. In the spirit of feeling empowered, we look to Upile Chisala. Upile is a storyteller, sociologist and artivist from Malawi. She is the author of two books of poetry, soft magic and Nectar. Born in 1994 and raised in Zomba, Upile’s hope is to tell stories from the margins and through her work help others and herself come to terms with pasts, celebrate presents and confidently dream beautiful futures. These are quotes to uplift and empower in this inspiring day.