International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Today 8th March is International Women’s Day – a day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout the world. Within the UK, the fight is on to end the gender pay gap and general everyday sexism. On a more global scale,  women are being deprived of basic human rights that many of us now take for granted, such as education, health and legal access. Shockingly the World Economic Forum has predicted that the gender gap won’t fully close until 2133! And that doesn’t even address the issues of sexual violence, emotional and physical abuse and the fact that in too many parts of the world, women are viewed as second class citizens.

In this day and age how on earth can we still be so terrifyingly backward? In my opinion it seems that religion, cultural ‘values’ and anachronistic traditions are largely to blame, but so too are those little figures that makes the world go round: money.

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is all about gender parity (achieving gender equality in status and pay). Some experts believe that enforcement of issues such as equal pay can have the perverse effect of discouraging employers from hiring women. Women are said to be costly to employers in terms of maternity leave, getting “back up to speed” and higher days off dealing with domestic emergencies.

And just in case you were wondering, there is an International Men’s Day too!

International Women's Day

 

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  1. 8th March 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Maybe if the men in the family were more “modern” the women wouldn’t have to be so strong willed. Only an inadequate person of either sex would really want to be “superior”. We all have mothers, daughters and wives and by not supporting equality then you are really saying is that I want my daughter/wife/mother to be exploited. and vice versa too of course.

    • Ekaterina
      8th March 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Well said Stephen!

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