Thursday, March 8, 2012

♫...A woman’s life It must be hers to name...♫

There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help women.— Madeleine Albright


"International Women’s Day (March 8) is a big, beautiful celebration of women’s strengths and achievements. It’s honoured in many different ways around the world. It’s lauded by women’s groups, and the date is commemorated at the United Nations. In China and 14 other countries, people get the day off work; in Bosnia and Italy women are given flowers by their brothers, husbands and fathers; and in Cameroon, women dance in the streets showing off outfits made from Women’s Day fabric.

The UN explains it perfectly as, “the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men”. It’s a day that’s as relevant today, as it was when it was first marked in 1911. Back then, an impressive one million women and men attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland all demanding the right for women to vote, hold public office, work and have equal pay.

But whilst it’s a day of celebration, it’s also a rallying cry. It’s a time to ask ourselves big, important questions about how a woman’s life really compares to that of a man’s. And not just here; but all around the world. Because although impressive life-changing advances have been made since that momentous day in 1911, there’s still quite a way to go." ~

   Today, and every day, I think it's important to emphasize the need for women to help and support each other. I've been talking a lot lately about the political assault on women's rights in the US, and I don't want you to forget that it is real and ongoing. In fact, I would urge you to go read this very thought provoking and well written article. However, I would also like to point out there there are women all over the globe who are living in poverty. Women are subjected to rape as war tactics. They are watching their children die from starvation and inadequate water. There are women caught in abusive relationships. It's not enough to just focus on our current political climate. As the video states above, it is important to empower women and help them be agents for change. You can make a positive donating to organizations like V-Day and Amnesty International....and just by being aware, educating yourself, speaking out, and offering a hand to other women in any way that you can. 


Amanda said...

It is no longer for myself that I fight for equality for women and push back against those who would like to see women with no more choices about our lives. I have one very important reason to fight: my daughter.

Whiskey Sour said...

You're an awesome mommy!

Iconic Marquee said...

A lady-friend of mine went through all of the day with electrical tape over her mouth in silent protest of this.

It was pretty hardcore, but I gotta say that I admired her. Like, a lot. She's possibly my new favourite person.

After you, of course. :P

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