Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women's Day

"In 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, leaders from governments and civil society around the world came together and committed to ensuring that women and girls have the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of life.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of that moment. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation have joined forces to gather data and analyze the gains made for women and girls over the last two decades, as well as the gaps that remain.
This site and The Full Participation Report are the result—home to 850,000 data points, spanning more than 20 years, from over 190 countries. Through data visualizations and stories, we aim to present the gains and gaps in understandable, sharable ways—including by making the data open and easily available.
To know how far we need to go to achieve the full participation of women and girls, we have to know how far we have come.
We invite you to explore the site, dig deeper into these stories, share pieces that move you, download the data, and join us in our effort to address the great unfinished business of the 21st century."

*Interesting facts: 
01.  At least 500 million women and girls lack a private place to change their sanitary protection during mensutration.  This is equivalent to every female living in developed countries.
02.  Close to half of all girls aged 15-19 worldwide think a husband is sometimes justified in hitting or beating his wife.
03.  The overall chance that a girl will undergo Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting today is about one third lower than it was three decades ago.
04.  Women perform 66% of the world's work and produce 50% of the food.  They earn just 10% of incomes and own 1% of the property globally. 
05.  In nearly every country, women work longer hours than men and are paid less.
06.  Women with full time jobs still earn about 77% compared to their male counterparts' earnings.
07.  62 million girls are denied education all over the world.
08.  Women around the world aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war, and malaria.

So what does International Women's Day mean to me?

It means my daughter/niece/cousin/aunt/any girl I know/I will have the same opportunity that a male has.  If she chooses to go into a male dominated field of work, she can without discrimination.  If she chooses to walk down the street, she can without fear of being rape or abused.  If she chooses to speak her mind, she can without fear of beatings, arrests, or even being killed.  If she chooses to get an education, she can without fear of being shot. 

It means she can work where she wants with equal pay, equal opportunities.  It means she can have equal education.  It means she can have equal rights. 

It means NO FEAR.
It means being able to live a FULFILLED LIFE.

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