Monday, March 08, 2010

Observing the day

We need to remember the following today:

International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide on 8th March 2010. We have come a long way since 8th March 1975, when the United Nations recognized this day as International Women's Day and dedicated it to the progress of women worldwide. The theme for 2010 is "Equal rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All”, strives to end the discrimination against women and ensure equal participation.
• Three quarters of the poorest in the world are women; one third is without a roof over their head.

• Women form an estimated two-thirds of the global illiterate population of 800 million adults.

• One out of three women runs the risk of being beaten, forced to have sex, and suffer some form of abuse in their lives.

• The commercial flesh trade has an estimated 2 million girls from 5-15 age group entering the fray annually.

Sadly, we don't hear much about this observance in the United States.

The above excerpts were found here.

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