Saturday 1377 - 8.03.2014
Many of you, who have been following this blog for a while, will remember that last year , on International Women’s Day, I attended the Million Women Rise march in London and wrote about it here ( warning – one of the photos is difficult to view)
I was not able to attend this year but I did not want to let the day pass without writing about it so this afternoon I took myself off to a large supermarket car park and
stalked randomly selected a diverse range of women of all ages and ethnicity to photograph for this post. It was rather daunting approaching complete strangers and a few were not best pleased !!
I’m delighted to say that the lovely women you see above said yes and I would like to sincerely thank them for being so utterly agreeable and kind to this stranger.
I chose these women to represent their sisters throughout the world who are living in very different circumstances. Some may, and do, ask why do we need a day specifically for women and the answer is because women are still a very long way from being equal in this world and we all need to keep drawing attention to this until it’s no longer necessary.
A few facts :-
- According to the World Health Organisation, 35.6% of women worldwide, shockingly more than a third, will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime.
- According to the Office of National statistics here in the UK approx 85000 women in England and Wales are raped every year with over 400,000 being sexually assaulted. More shocking statistics, thought to be underestimated too.
- Women do 66% of the worlds work and produce 50% of the world’s food but get only 10% of overall income and own 1% of property.
- Women hold less than 19% of parliamentary seats worldwide with just 16 of the 188 world’s elected leaders being female.
Hardly seems right for 51% of the world’s population does it?
So this is why we have an International Women’s day and we don’t have an International Men’s day. 49% of the world’s population, namely men, have the other 364 days already it seems.
Now this post is not about knocking men ( I LOVE men ! ) it’s about loving women. More importantly it’s about encouraging men to respect women and it’s especially about encouraging both men and women to teach their sons to respect women and their daughters that they absolutely deserve this respect.
Teaching both boys and girls that women are equals in this world is the most important message I want to get across because, without that, women will continue to be treated as second class citizens and that clearly is the most terrible injustice and has to stop.
Thanks again to the wonderful women in the photos above and to all of you for reading. As ever I welcome your thoughts .
Saturday girl signing off.
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