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.
- 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