When I was initially talking to my husband about International Women’s Day he wondered why women needed one. At first I was taken aback. Seriously? Then I realized that he looks at the world in only one way – as a man. So, I thought that I’d make a list of why there needs to be an International Women’s Day.
Equality – women in general are paid less, however that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Maternity leave is not a paid for; as well as a higher cost of health insurance for being a woman. Clothing marketed exclusively for woman is sold at a higher cost.
Poverty – women and children are the largest group worldwide to live in poverty. At any given time 795 million people go to bed hungry. This number is on the rise due to war and the number of refugees. More women and children live in poverty than any other group.
Restriction of Rights – women’s rights around the world are restricted in various ways. Some include how they are “allowed” to dress; whether they can attend school, drive or even leave their houses by themselves; in some areas women are restricted from voting and owning property. A woman’s right to many forms of health care has been restricted. In many countries the kinds of work that a woman can legally perform is restricted by law.
Violence – girls as young as 12 are routinely married in many countries; rape and domestic violence against girls and women is rising worldwide. Sex trafficking has become rampant world-wide.
These are just a few of the reasons that there is an International Women’s Day.