Saturday, 8 March 2014

International Women's Day

International Women's Day theme

International Women's Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE

International Women's Day is not a day of rejoycing and celebration, it is a day of commemoration and concern for all those women and girls, who from the day they were born, are considered to be inferior  to men.

In many countries they are married off  at a very young age and punished if they refuse.
There are countries, where rape victims are beaten, while the rapists get off with a mild punishment or even with no punishment at all. 

Gang rapes are normal in certain countries, though many other people in those countries oppose this highly. 

Women in some countries are not allowed to walk or sit next to their husbands. 

Girls in some countries have to under go the extremely painful circumcision, which is forbidden in the Netherlands, thank God.

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911.
The United Nations declares an annual theme:
- 2013: A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women
- 2012: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty
- 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology
- 2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all
- 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
- 2008: Investing in Women and Girls
- 2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
- 2006: Women in decision-making
- 2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
- 2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
- 2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
- 2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
- 2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
- 2000: Women Uniting for Peace
- 1999: World Free of Violence against Women
- 1998: Women and Human Rights
- 1997: Women at the Peace Table
- 1996: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
- 1975: United Nations recognizes International Women's Day


Sylvia K said...

A great and inspiring day it is, Wil!! Thank you for your post!! We do have reason so celebrate!!

Cloudia said...

Yes, let's celebrate Women!

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

=^..^= <3

The Weaver of Grass said...

My friend W was involved in this - very inspiring Wil.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

An inspiring and interesting post. Not so much is made of it in this country unfortunately.

Kay said...

You know... If it weren't for blogs I wouldn't even know about this. It wasn't even in the news here in Hawaii. This is truly something that should be celebrated!

DeniseinVA said...

Dear RW, a very important post. I read a lot of articles about these horrible stories of how women are treated every day. Horrific conditions! I am glad their voices are being heard. A slow process but still, a small pebble causes many ripples in the water.

Kalpana Solsi said...

Reading about all the atrocities on women , one has to think twice before celebrating but help to improve the status of women. This will take a long time.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

celebrate modern women, New Zealand who were the first to get the vote.