I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to trivialise and mock the idea of International Women’s Day. The purpose of it is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural & political achievements of women, as well as to draw attention to gender inequality.
Have a look at the facts below and tell me if you think it’s important to have a day that brings attention to the inequalities suffered by women around the world.
- There are still countries today where women need their husband’s permission to get a job.
- 78 countries in the world restrict the kind of work women can do.
- 2 out of 3 of the people in the world who cannot read & write are women.
- Every year an estimated 15 millions girls under 18 are married worldwide, with little or no say in the matter.
Shouldn’t women celebrate the achievements of other women? Shouldn’t women try to bring attention to the suffering of other women around the world? Shouldn’t men acknowledge a day that celebrates the achievements & equality of their wives, mothers, daughters & sisters and fights for their equality?
So I say, celebrate the women you know today and come November, celebrate the men in your life.
Happy International Women’s Day!