On Sunday March 8, 2015 we embrace International Women’s Day and again join hands to celebrate the economic, political, and social accomplishments of women worldwide.
The IWD theme for 2015 is : Make It Happen.
This day of celebration was adopted by Canada in 1977 as a way of joining hands with the Suffragates in the United States of America who in their bold move of demanding women’s rights initiated the first International Women’s Day in 1911. It is noteworthy that in China,Russia ,Vietnam, Bulgaria and other countries International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
Although there is evidence that the lives of some women have improved during the last few decades we must never ignore the fact that most women are still facing inequities in their homes, in the workplace, as well as in places of worship.This is so because it is very seldom that women are in decision-making positions that would allow them to initiate processes to improve the lives of other women and girls.
As long as men and women are not paid equal wages for the same jobs, and girls are still being sold as sex-slaves; as long as women are reluctant to report rape, sexual , emotional and physical abuse, and there are millions of single mothers rearing children under adverse circumstances we must continue to expose and lessen the degradation that most of our women are still experiencing on a daily basis. Therefore to increase our reasons for celebrating IWD those women who have improved their lives need to focus on assisting less fortunate Sisters ; not through social gatherings and meaningless platitudes , but through meaningful actions and support of those who are seen as outsiders. It is so easy to work with those who are a reflection of ourselves.
We need to assist those Sisters whose lives make us feel uncomfortable.
We applaud those who continue to support other women in meaningful ways.
However the question needs to be asked , “ Why the silence and inaction of so many Sisters?”
Happy International Women’s Day 2015.
Let’s Make It Happen!