International Women’s Day

International Woman’s Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women1.

In some countries it’s just a celebration of women as mothers & wifes. Another mothers’ day if you wish. In other countries it still claims back women’s political and human rights.

I don’t think one day is enough to celebrate what women do, to honour them. Equality is not something to be thought about once a year, but to be fought for every single day.

Some facts:

  • Of 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, 70% are women
  • 80% of the world’s 27 million refugees are women
  • Women own around only 1% of the world’s land
  • Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 10% of the world’s income
  • One year out of college women earn 20% less than men and 10 years later 31% less2

And finally, a quote I like:

We will achieve gender equality when useless women reach high powerful positions.3

  1. Taken from Wikipedia
  2. Facts taken from Internacional Women’s Day Website
  3. Anonymous woman dixit
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