International Women’s Day 2018
Today marks International Women’s Day. A day in which to celebrate women and work towards equality in the world. I had planned to create a post all about the women I find inspirational. However, when I came to write it I realised how hard it was going to be to choose the women I was going to spotlight.
This day has been recognised since the early 1900s and it is hard to believe that even in the Western world there are some inequalities. The united nations has a scheme to aim for 50:50 by 2030, by doing this they have some targets to achieve:
- By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
- By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
- End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
For me, it is hard to imagine living in a world where the above things are not a given. Equally, I am very aware that some of these things are happening every day, even within the UK. It is not acceptable and it absolutely has to change as soon as possible.
Earlier in the week, I attended a panel event ran by my university with a number of inspirational women, speaking about their experiences in business. The idea of inequality in the workplace was raised and a couple of the panelists raised an important point.
“The problem of inequality has existed for so many years. When society looks for solutions to the problem of inequality, often the discussion turns to the women to solve the problem. However, it is not a problem for just women to solve. Inequality is a human problem. Yes, women should help women. But, men should help men. Women should help men and men should help women. It is not a question of gender. It is a question of being human. Therefore, it should instead be about asking humans to help humans”.
The point is, this day should focus on the successes that have been achieved since the first International Women’s Day in 1909. As important as it is for women to support one another, it shouldn’t stop there. This is a problem, not just for women, but for men too. It is a problem for humans. One person achieving doesn’t mean another cannot; so pulling someone down to get where you want to be is not the way forward. Although supporting one another is unlikely to solve the major problems within the world, it is a start. Plus, you never know what someone is facing behind closed doors, therefore supporting them may mean you are helping them.
I am going to take this day as a celebration of what women have achieved. A day to recognise the struggles many women are still going through. As well as a day to work towards achieving the goals set out my the United Nations. It is also a day to celebrate being human and allowing everyone to support one another; no matter their age, gender, ethnicity etc etc.
Let’s hope that by talking about the struggles and working together to overcome them, the United Nations will reach their goals for 50:50 equality by 2030.
Have a great International Women’s Day everyone!