Imagine what it would be like to live in a gender-balanced world. That is exactly what this year’s International Women’s Day campaign wants us to do. The future is exciting and since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, we’ve come a long way, but we have miles to go yet.
The UN’s SDG 5 aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” With the 2030 target in mind, the main goals are to “end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.”
Here are some recent statistics from the UN:
- 49 countries still lack laws protecting women from domestic violence, while 39 bar equal inheritance rights for daughters and sons.
- Based on data from 87 countries, 1 in 5 women and girls under the age of 50 will have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner within the last 12 months. Harmful practices, such as child marriage, steal the childhood of 15 million girls under age 18 every year.
- Only 52 per cent of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.
- The situation is not much better in the private sector, where women globally occupy less than a third of senior and middle management positions.
- While more women have entered political positions in recent years, including through the use of special quotas, they still hold a mere 23.7 per cent of parliamentary seats, far short of parity.
World-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, Gloria Steinem once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” This year’s #IWD campaign tells us just this, everyone has a part to play, all of the time and everywhere.
“From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.” This year’s theme of #BalanceForBetter, does not stop after today but continues all year.
Today, why not strike the #BalanceforBetter pose and motivate others us to do the same.
Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all, we all have our part to play.
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