On March 8th all across the world, people are celebrating women’s economic, political and social achievements. It is important that on this day we think about how far our sex has come but also to remember the victims who continue to persevere in conditions unthinkable.
We still have women who are being cut for the sake of religion in a practice known as Female Genital Mutilation.
We still have one in four women who have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
We have on average more than three women and one man who are murdered by their partners in this country every day in America.
We have young girls who are being molested by their fathers, uncles and grandfathers, all around the world.
We have young girls and adult women who are being trafficked around the world as a sex slave.
We have young girls, as young as eleven, in America, on the streets in the inner cities who are being sold as prostitutes and who receive very little to no compensation. They are found and locked up (for a spell) while the pimps roam free. When they are released, their pimps beat the girls for costing the pimp a lot of lost money.
We have women in the Middle East who are sold into marriage before they reach puberty.
We have women in Africa who are kidnapped and raped and then they are forced to marry the perpetrator, because they have had “sex” with them.
We still have young female babies who are killed because they weren’t born males.
So if you are really interested in celebrating international women’s day, it is important that you are conscious of some of the issues still facing females in this world even today. There are many good biographies to read about famous women past and present. There are women’s history books available online and in your local library. There are classes at many colleges one can take on women’s history. You can also become a member of women’s organizations or even Amnesty International who are providing advocacy and outreach on worldwide women’s issues. International Women’s Day is not one in which we celebrate having a victory in the way of human right’s for women everywhere, it is one where we recognize that so much work is left to be done.