It is a beautiful sunny day here in London, perfect weather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. This celebration is actually a national holiday in many countries around the world including Afghanistan, France, Mexico, Zambia, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Belarus and India. In most countries around the world, everyone celebrate women and their contribution to society and the world. It is a day like Mothers Day, where people honour the women in their lives giving gifts and special attention to their mothers, grandmothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, sisters, friends, and colleagues. Sadly it os not observed as a national holiday most notably in the UK and in the USA.
What women have won in the equality battle over the last 100 years all over the world is incredible, but we are not there yet. In 2011, these facts are true;
Women make up 19% of the world’s parliamentary seats, are 9 % of world’s leaders, earn 10% of the world’s income, yet own less than of world’s property.
Even though Women do 66% of the world’s work and produce over 50% of the world’s food, they still they earn only 10% of world’s income.
You can join in with International Women’s Day by:
* celebrating the women in your life (with love, praise, affection, poetry, gifts and maybe even pancakes!)
* attend one of the hundreds of woMEn on the Bridge Walks
* get involved with the We Are Equals Campaign
* Read the Guardian’s 100 Inspiring Women List
* Watch TEDs 35 Women Reshaping the World talks
“Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman’s thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton