International Women’s Day is held on March 8 around the world every year to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
Its the day to wear Purple
Many of us are aware of the shocking abuse that our own Member of Parliament. Antoinette Sandbach endures on a constant basis. It is obscene, threatening and very violent and graphic in its nature. I don’t believe her male colleagues receive a fraction of this sort of abuse. I have known and also worked for male parliamentarians and am pretty sure this is the case. Of course no one is saying that abuse or threats against men (or anyone) in public life is acceptable but I believe there is a world of difference between a bit of mockery or heckling and actual daily threats. We must ask ourselves why the difference is there.
Firstly let me make it clear that I am not actually as old as this is going to make me sound but I have seen enormous changes in women’s place in the world. Great changes; but still not enough. As long as women can be denigrated for being women, talked down to and overlooked it isn’t enough. I don’t believe intelligent men think so either.
A few quotes to think about..
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States
“We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced”
– MalalaYousafzai, Nobel peace prize winner
When women put their heads together, powerful things happen – Unknown