Yesterday, the 8th of March, was International Women’s Day. The day was first organised in March 1911 and officially started being celebrated by the United Nations on the 8th March 1975. In the past 105 years so much has been achieved for women’s rights globally, but we’re not done yet.
For those of you that claim feminism and International Women’s Day is no longer needed, it must be considered that gender inequality is a global issue. Even if you think that you are in the privileged position that you and everyone in your life is completely equal regardless of their gender, there are billions of women across the world who aren’t that lucky.
It is predicted to take 118 years for the gender pay gap to close and only 55 of the 500 richest people are women. Only one fifth of parliamentary seats are held by women and only 19 out of 196 heads of state are women.
If this isn’t indicative of a problem, then I don’t know what is. However this problem isn’t just global, it’s personal. It affects every women who is told she can’t or she shouldn’t or she won’t simply based on her gender.
So, why do we need International Women’s Day?
To celebrate everything women have already achieved despite the adversity they faced and to remind where we’re going and what we’re aiming for.