International Women’s Day – make it happen – make what happen?

International Women’s Day – make it happen – make what happen?

International Woman’s Day marks the achievements and highlights the plight of women around the world.  This year’s theme is: Make it Happen.

Making what happen, you may ask. People often state that woman have achieved so much and enjoy equal rights and don’t require special attention these days and age.  This might be true in our immediate environment, BUT, there is one particular area where women seem to be most vulnerable.

Violence against women.

Here are some key facts:

  • up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.
  • 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence.

Given that:

“HUSBANDS who rape their wives in 142 countries across the world, including European powerhouses Spain, Italy and Germany, will not automatically be charged with a crime.” according to a UN report.

These facts speak for themselves. If we want to live up to the theme of this year’s international women’s day to make it happen –

We can start here:

  • Open our minds to the possibility that women do not enjoy equal rights and that, achieving equal rights is important to combat violence against women.
  • Sign a petition by the International Women’s Development Agency to ensure that rape is given the criminal status it deserves, no matter the circumstance as a first step of eliminating it. We want a world without rape!
  • Inform ourselves. Knowledge is power. A good starting point for anybody is therefore the Progress of the World’s Women report by the UN.
  • And this is probably the hardest: speak up about violence against girls and women when we see it happening.

To find out more, visit the International Women’s Day website.

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  • Mel

    Great article spreading the word about the importance of International Women’s Day and making it happen!

  • nancy

    signed the petition. the war on terror should actually read “the war on women (& children)” – more women are killed daily than any terrorist attack in Oz (and other western countries). Money should be spent by the government on women’s safety and men’s re-education than on border control. such a stupid waste of precious dollars and such little regard for women and children in the first, immediate instance.

    • Thanks Nancy. Yes, there is a lot of violence out there. There is also a lot of violence against men out there, some of it officially sanctioned in the name of defense.

  • I have seen a lot of the recent reports of the Indonesian military using rape as a weapon against the West Papuan people – raping women in front of their men and village elders. Also of the sexual abuse of people held in detention in Nauru. It makes me sick. Sad enough to think that women will be in relationships with men who rape them, but disgusting that it is all condoned by the government. I am disgusted with human beings at the moment.

    • ulrike

      It is easy to get disillusioned with humanity. There are kind people too and it is a matter of helping them to connect with one another. My favorite motto is: when good people do nothing bad things happen. I don’t want to be a bystander and say nothing if I know something is unjust or worse.