It’s International Women’s Day! Thousands of events are happening not only today, but throughout the month of March. These events inspire, bring awareness and celebrate the achievements made by women socially, economically and politically. There are many organizations, groups, charities, corporations, and media involved in International Women’s Day. And each organization comes up with their own theme.
The theme for internationalwomensday.com this year is “The Gender Addendum: Gaining Momentum.” As for the UN, they have declared International Women’s Day 2013’s theme as “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women.” The UN has some pretty interesting facts about violence against women. The UN reports :
- Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16 years old!
- 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime!!
- Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime!
- Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18…
This last statistic doesn’t surprise me much. I grew up in a small town in East Texas where I knew many girls who got married way before 18!! I find it sad that there are places in the world where women have no protection because domestic violence is not even a crime. I just hope that through efforts made by the UN, as well as others this changes.
Make sure you check out International Women’s Day for all of the events going on throughout the world this month. While you are on their site make sure to check out all the latest press releases.
I leave you with this from International Women’s Day,“…make a difference, think globally and act locally!! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.”