International Women's Day: 16 Reasons You We Need it More than Ever this year
Here’s what they said, and why you need to get onboard and shout about it this year.
Gloria De Piero MP
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‘We still need International Women’s Day because some people think what Hilary wears is more controversial than what Trump says.’
‘International Women’s Day is a chance for us to connect women’s struggles in the UK and across the world. At a time when so many people are on the move, it’s vital that we stand in solidarity with our migrant and refugee sisters who are facing so many challenges and dangers. I particularly hope that this International Women’s Day will be the start of greater shared understanding and action on behalf of women who are crossing borders to find safety.’
‘So many women across the world are still unble to reach their full potential. They lack access to a proper education, family planning facilities, safe homes and career opportunities. Until every woman has these things and more, we still need International Women’s Day.’
‘We still need International Women’s Day because it’s a day for all women to protest that women are still not equal with many facing violence and oppression. Its a day to commit ourselves to working together as women, at home and abroad, for equality for every woman everywhere.”
‘In 2016, you can still hear men AND women – utter the words, “That’s not for girls.” These embedded values start as a girl is born and continue to shape the world around her. It’s vital that we acknowledge and change the embedded values that hold girls back whether in the heart of the UK or the most remote part of Africa or the Syrian refugee camps. Theirworld have chosen today to launch a new campaign to celebrate amazing women everywhere who are #RewritingTheCode in the work they do – those working to ensure a future where every girl has the same opportunities and life chances as boys.’
‘Its a day of celebration and solidarity, a day to recognise our shared struggle for rights and equality. 150 years ago when The Fawcett Society was founded, a woman and all she owned belonged to her father or her husband. We have fought and won reproductive, voting, education, working and maternity rights. But in the UK we still have a pay gap of 14%, 54,000 women a year experience pregnancy discrimination and 2 women each week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner. Our work is far from done.
‘My hope is that then one day we won’t need this special day at all. In reality, we should be having conversations about women’s achievements every day of the year if we are to really bring about change. But unfortunately we still need International Women’s Day in 2016. We need it until we have an equal number of women in leadership positions, women earning the same as men for the same work, and women across the world having the same rights as men. Because until that happens, every other day of the year is basically International Men’s Day.’
Noella Coursaris Musunka is the founder of Malaika, a nonprofit organisation that works to educate and empower girls in Africa.