What is International Women’s Day and why do we need it?

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.


One thought on “What is International Women’s Day and why do we need it?

  1. I'm a Zalfie Fanatic says:

    International Women’s Day is amazing! I think it’s so good to raise awareness that women’s rights aren’t something we can just forget about because even if like you say, you yourself are in a privileged position where people listen to you & what you have to say, there are millions of other women, some closer than you would imagine, who do not get the same accepting treatment as you. Millions of women across the world are regarded as a lesser member of society, and we should stand up for them and the foul treatment they’re receiving! I love this blog, you guys are so influential!πŸ’œπŸ’œ


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