It's International Women's Day! Celebrated every year on March 8th, it's a time to reflect on the accomplishments and advancements made to women's rights around the world. It is obviously also a great time to think about how to move forward - there's never time for a day off when there's social justice to think about.

In terms of accomplishments, there are many to look at. Going back to the women's suffrage movements around the world, there have always been struggles for equality. This year we've already got Iceland's first woman Prime Minister who's openly lesbian, the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the U.S., and some more rights for women in Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

But, we've also got anti-choicers having a field day in the U.S., rape still being used as a weapon of war in Congo, and the Catholic Church is excommunicating doctors for saving lives performing abortions.

So I'll turn to you all and ask what you think are some of the best recent accomplishments, and what advancements do you want to make this year for women's rights around the world?

The only other assignment I leave you with is to show some love to all the women in your life. Let them know you admire and respect them, and that their lives are valued.

(Cross-posted at The Feminist Underground.)

3 comments:

At Sun Mar 08, 11:14:00 AM Renee said...

At the risk of repeating myself, I would really like to see motherhood receive more support. Something like socialized daycare would improve the lives of women and lift so many out of poverty. Though in some cases in Canada if you are poor enough it is possible to get subsidized care still many families and single mothers are burdened by expenses, furthermore these centers do not reflect the real world lives of working women. Having a center that closes on weekends and charges extra after five does not reflect the changing face of the workplace. 9-5 or 8-4 is what many dream of but in reality in a global economy many are working shifts that are not conducive to raising families.

 
At Sun Mar 08, 06:48:00 PM Anonymous said...

I don't know what you mean by more rights for the women of Iraq. As far as I know, women's rights went back decades after the war:

http://www.democracynow.org/2005/10/17/iraqi_feminist_yanar_mohammed_on_the

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/27/nadje-al-ali-us-invasion_n_161486.html

 
At Mon Aug 24, 09:52:00 AM alex said...

I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

 

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