International Women's Day (March 8, 2009)
Today is International Women's Day 2009. It is a day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria it is a national holiday.
It is true that the new millennium has witnessed a significant change in society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. There are more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased number of women role models in every day life.
It is also true that women are still not paid equally as their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. Progress has been made; we do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices.
Today is a celebration of positives and a reminder that raising awareness is our responsibility.
It begins with you. It begins with me. It begins with us.
At the heart of A Powerful Noise (the documentary I watched on March 5th), is the message that we each have the power to create change in our communities and beyond. I will share more about other valuable lessons I learned from the film later today - two posts on this special International Women's Day.