Some interesting stories about gender equality are coming out in the news right now, for International Women’s Day on March 8th, so if you’re wondering what’s the point of celebrating this day, have a look:
- While China continues its, albeit slowed, economic boom, Didi Kristin Tatlow and Michael Forsythe’s recent article in the New York Times explains how Chinese women are being left out of the opportunities for financial gain and career development. Less than one in 10 board members of China’s top 300 companies are women and, in terms of government, no woman has ever been on the Politburo Standing Committee. Feminist, Feng Yuan describes,
We call it the ‘sticky floor. There is a glass ceiling here too, but most women never even get off the sticky floor.
Read the full story here.
- The Chinese police then marked International Women’s Day by detaining at least 10 women’s rights activists, who had been trying to organise a nation-wide campaign on ending sexual harassment in public transportation. A lawyer representing one of the activists remarked,
We’ve always thought the country supports equal rights for women. Speaking as a lawyer, this act is beyond our imagination and has shocked us.
- Meanwhile, in Australia, the Liberal National Party, decided to hold its Women’s Day event at a club that only allows men to be members. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is also the federal Minister for Women, defended the decision, saying,
Obviously they’ve just broken down the last barrier and they’ve made the men-only club admit women…Admit women! Isn’t that fantastic? At last, this bastion of chauvinism has admitted women and they’ve done it on International Women’s Day because of the Liberal National Party.
Mr Abbott failed to add that the club will continue to not allow women to become members after the event.
- In Southern Africa, the Salvation Army came up with a very effective way to use a recent social media craze to raise awareness about violence against women. Tapping into the recent online sensation of a dress that appeared to some people to be black and blue and to others as white and gold, the Salvation Army produced the strong campaign below. The image reads “Why is it so hard to see black and blue. The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in 6 women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women”
- The Asian Development Bank has released an infographic of wage inequality in Asia and the Pacific. According to the ADB data, women in the region earn between 70-90% of what men earn for the same work!
- And, in India, Priya – a new, female hero – has been named a UN Women Gender Equality Champion as she continues to spread awareness about preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality – all on the back of a tiger!
- The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women kicked off today and will run until the 20th of March. The theme this year is on implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.
- We know there are a lot of parts of the world not listed here. And that’s so that YOU can tell us how YOU (or your friends/community/country have been celebrating IWD. In the meantime, stay tuned for regular updates of the IWD buzz this week.