You might be wondering why, in 2017, we need an International Womens Day. Recently the World Economic Forum has alleged that the gender gap won’t close until 2186. Yes, that’s another 169 years, for women to be paid as much as men for the same job, to be respected as much as their male counterparts and to have the same rights as men. Disgusting right?
Recently the political climate seems to be moving backwards instead of progressing, our governments attack our rights to our bodies, they take away our healthcare and they ignore our protests. This year women from all over the world are striking to show that together we are powerful and to show the vital role we play in both the domestic and global economy. It also aims to bring attention to the lower wages, sexual harassment, discrimination, and job insecurity we often face as a gender.
For those not able to strike there are plenty of other ways you can show support. Donate to a women’s charity, wear the colour red to show solidarity, raise awareness on social media, or shop at an independent store owned & run by women.
Scottish brand Chouchou has partnered with the charity Womenkind worldwide to create the Sister Hood, a limited edition tartan hood with £9.99 from every hood sold going directly to the charity. Owner Silvia had this to say about the her decision to raise money and awareness.
“So the first important thing to share with you is that to us, female empowerment is a very very important subject. We believe in it, want it so bad and we want to give our contribution to it. We have partnered with Womankind Worldwide an incredible charity helping women in need internationally. What these women do is truly incredible and we are donating £9.99 per SISTERHOOD sold.”
Womenkind Worldwide work with women from all over the world and they have three main aims, to End violence against women, ensure women have a say in decisions that affect them and to enable women to take control of their own livelihoods. Women’s rights organisations around the world are also critically underfunded so it is important we keep donating to charities and supporting brands who work with them. Although there have been huge strides forward for women’s rights over the last few decades there is still urgent work to be done and an ever-present danger that women’s hard-won rights could be rolled back.
So this March the 8th strike, donate & raise awareness.