“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem
International Women’s Day has been observed since the 1900s! It is now celebrated around the world in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia and many more!
The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. (www.internationalwomensday.com)
Today is a day that we recognize that a progressive world needs equality, including gender equality. We acknowledge the challenges women are facing world-wide and we celebrate the many economic, political, and social achievements of women.
Join us today in celebration of gaining momentum for women’s equality.
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