Now International Women’s Day was orginally called International Working Women’s Day. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Gloria Steinem is a world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist. She says, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
I am not a feminist nor am i a political activist, however, i believe women and men should have equal rights. However, sometimes women are better at things than some men and sometimes some men are better at things than certain women.
Baring that in mind i want to talk about inspiration. Every woman has been inspired, whether it be from the likes of Meryl Streep, Amber Voight or even their own mum. 3 very different people on 3 very different wage brackets. The word ‘inspired’ is generally used to be like someone or that person has given you the motivation or idea to do something.
Below is an open letter that Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Poehler, Sir Elton John, Mark Ruffalo, Sheryl Sandberg and Muhammad Ali all signed!
“Dear World Leaders,
Nowhere on earth do women have as many opportunities as men. Nowhere.
While the debate around this truth rages everywhere, girls and women living in extreme poverty – those often hit hardest by the injustice of gender inequality – have been left out of the conversation.
This must change. The fight for gender equity is global.
Some 62 million girls are denied the right to education. Half a billion women can’t read. 155 countries still have laws that discriminate against women.
Last year, you signed up to end extreme poverty, and because poverty is sexist, you promised to tackle the gender inequality that keeps people poor.
This year, there are a series of historic opportunities to test your commitment and to make meaningful progress by delivering:
- Funding in 2016 at the Nutrition for Growth and Global Fund Summits to help girls and women fight HIV and malnutrition, because it is an outrage that girls account for 74% of all new HIV infections among adolescents in Africa and 40% of women on the continent suffer from anaemia which results in 20% of maternal deaths;
- Policies which support female economic empowerment: access to electricity, connectivity, education and justice, so girls and women have the right to own property, start a business and decide when and whether to marry;
- Better data on the girls and women we can’t see, don’t know exist and therefore can’t yet deliver for.
International Women’s Day must be about advancing girls and women everywhere.
If you wish to sign this open letter simply click here.