Sunday, March 08, 2009

International Women's Day

Sadly, this day is largely ignored in the United States:

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

You might like to take a look at the official site.

Quick fact:

There is widespread global agreement that the education of girls is one of the most important investments that any developing country can make in its own future. Numerous studies have also demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children, and the long-term success of developing economies.
Girls with more education grow up to be women who have fewer and healthier babies, make more informed choices about caring for their families and become more skilled workers.

So, having a day like today is important - not just for women but for global society.

Finally, I leave you with this:

We have to start looking at the world through women’s eyes’ how are human rights, peace and development defined from the perspective of the lives of women? It’s also important to look at the world from the perspective of the lives of diverse women, because there is not single women’s view, any more than there is a single men’s view.

-- Charlotte Bunch

1 comment:

  1. I love that this day is also my daughter's birthday!


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