Today is International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is observed every year at the United Nations, and is a national holiday in several countries. It has been celebrated since 1911. It began as a remembrance and celebration of the struggle faced by women around the world in the name of equality, justice, peace and development.
The theme for this year is Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.
Does this speak to you?
What progress still needs to be made?
As a trauma therapist I am of course very aware of the issue of violence against women, locally and globally.
I think of today as a chance to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of women while continuing to raise awareness about the problems that still face women. For example:
- 200 million women around the world want, but cannot access modern contraceptives
- Globally, up to six out of every ten women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime
- The feminization of poverty
Please feel free to add to this list!
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