International Women’s Day is something that is becoming more and more of a celebration each year. It encourages both men and women to look at the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, something which isn’t going anywhere fast.
Did you know that The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. However, one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. That means in 12 months then gender pay gap was increased by 38 YEARS. How crazy is it to think that still in this day and age many people are paid a wage because of their gender and not their performance.
When we talk about International Women’s Day I think it is also important to point out that women’s right and equality is human rights and equality. It may be called International Women’s Day but really it is a campaign to ensure that all hum beings are treated fairly and equally. As Emma Watson once said “Feminism? “Men think it’s a women’s word and it’s only for women, but really it just means you stand for equality. If you believe in equality, you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you.”
We need to work together towards a world where we don’t need these days because everyone is living in a equal word. Sadly, I don’t think I will live to see that day…