International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.
While the first observance of a Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference to become an “International Woman’s Day.” After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there, but has lost all political context through the time, becoming simply a day to honour the women and feminine beauty. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
I’m not a size ten
Never been petite
Suffered throes of passion
Or lived with conceit
In height I’m bereft
No leggy lofty form
Not even 5 foot
The UK norm
My face is not symmetrical
No make-up would repair
No artists canvass
A painter would despair
But inside this frame
An esoteric fact
No yesterday woman
No submissive artefact
There beats a heart of a lion
Someone once said
But this strength lays within
My chest, my breast, my head
Society sees me simply
A frail and withered maid
But this country was built
On my slave trade.
So when you see me
Look beyond the shell
A soldier, a builder, a mother
The UN Women Report from 2015 showed that, despite women working longer hours than men when both paid and unpaid work is taken into consideration, women still earn an average of 24 percent less than men do worldwide. This wage gap is by far the worst in South Asia, where women earn 33 percent less than men.
This probably comes as no surprise, but women still spend more time on housework and childcare than men do. The UN reports that women spend one to three hours more on housework than men, two to 10 times the amount of time caring for children and the elderly, and one to four hours less per day on economic market activities. In fact, in the European Union, 25 percent of women say this is why they’re not active in the labour force, whereas only three percent of men can say the same.
Only 22 of Earth’s 197 countries can say they have women serving as heads of state.
As of 2014, there were 16 million women living with HIV, meaning 50 percent of all adults with HIV are women. It’s not uncommon for women living with HIV to experience violence simply because of their HIV status. The UN reports that at least 14 countries force HIV positive women into involuntary abortions and sterilizations.
According to a 2010 longitudinal study performed in South Africa, intimate partner violence increases women and girls’ chances of contracting HIV by 13.9 percent, and power inequity in relationships increases the risk by 11.9 percent.
Child marriage is more likely to kill girls in the developing world than war, AIDS, tuberculosis, or any other cause of death. In fact, complications from pregnancy and childbirth is the number one killer among girls ages 15 to 19 in the developing world.e the UN’s Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women back in 1993, currently, 1 in 3 women worldwide are victims of physical or sexual violence — and it’s usually at the hands of an intimate partner.
While the percentage of women married before the age of 18 has dropped in North Africa and the Middle East by about 50 percent in the last 30 years, globally speaking, one in four women alive today were child brides.
China’s Yao Defen, the world’s tallest woman as verified by Guinness World Records, has died at the age of 40. Yao, who measured 233.3 cm (7 ft 7 in) when last documented, is reported to have passed away in the house she shared with her mother in a small village in China’s central Anhui Province
Random Joke of the Day
My wife says she’s going to leave me because of my poker addiction.
I think she’s bluffing.
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