Happy International Women’s Day! This year to mark the occasion we have started a brand new student-led society; The Feminist Society (please click here if you would like to join!)
But why do we need International Women’s Day? If Not Now are here to tell us why…
AN EQUAL WORLD IS AN ENABLED WORLD.
Supporting and celebrating women’s rights is a year-round responsibility. But at its core, International Women’s Day serves an important purpose.
It forces conversations about women’s achievements and global gender inequality into the mainstream – and it invites people of all backgrounds, ages and genders to consider what they can do to make the world a more equal place for everyone.
Here’s 10 reasons why we need International Women’s Day:
1) Nine out of 10 people found to be biased against women.
2) Women are twice as likely to be a victim of domestic or sexual abuse compared to men.
3) Women are three times as likely to be a victim of stalking compared to men. 
4) A gender pay gap persists across the globe – in the UK women work for free two months a year. 
5) Women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics.
6) Men are still allowed to make life-threatening decisions about women’s bodies by banning abortions.
7) Women around the world spend on average more than twice as many hours as men doing unpaid work.
8) Figures also show that globally, women’s education, health and violence towards women is still worse than that of men.
9) Disasters such as floods, storms and drought kill more women than men due to the unequal division of power and resources between women and men.
10) More than 12 million underage girls are married off each year. That’s roughly 30,000 every single day.[8,9]
Clearly, there’s still a long way to go, but IWD plays a pivotal role in keeping the debate alive and the issues front and centre.
But let’s not forget, women exist the other 364 days of the year as well. People should be celebrating and standing up for women throughout the course of the year, not just for one day.
- Human Development Reports: Tackling Social Norms, a game changer for gender inequalities
- Office for National Statistics: Domestic Abuse Victim Characteristics, England and Wales 2019
- The Guardian: Women Work For Free For Two Months A Year Says TUC Analysis
- The Telegraph: IWD Fights For Women’s Rights
- The Guardian: This all-male council in Texas just voted to ban abortion
- PanMacmillan: Shocking Gender Inequality Facts
- World Health Organisation: Gender, Climate Change and Health
- World Economic Forum: Child Marriage is Stalling Sustainable Development
- Girls Not Brides: Child Marriage Around the World