For those of you who are not aware, today (March 8) is International Women’s Day. The official United Nations theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”
According to statistics provided by the UN, many women today still face dire situations:
- Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.
- Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
- Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
- Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.
Here are some resources and articles to help you learn more about women’s issues and International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day – Main Page (United Nations): This is the main page with links to information about IWD 2013.
International Women’s Day – History (United Nations): The UN provides a chronological history of International Women’s Day, dating back to the first celebration in 1909 in the United States.
International Women’s Day – Statement from the Secretary General (United Nations): “As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future,” begins Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
A Promise Is A Promise – Facts and Figures (United Nations): This .pdf highlights some shocking statistics about women worldwide, in support of Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s UNiTE campaign to end violence against women.
International Women’s Day: This website serves as a hub for sharing International Women’s Day information, events, news and resources.
International Women’s Day Resources: A variety of IWD resources including toolkits, videos, art, articles, and more.
#ShesTheReason (Huffington Post): A great slideshow of photos (scroll down) to see how International Women’s Day is being celebrated around the globe.
Why We Celebrate International Women’s Day (CNN): Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares her opinion on the importance of International Women’s Day. She states, “It’s a chance for so many people to move beyond ‘celebrating’ and take action to create meaningful and sustainable change for women and girls.”
7 Ways Women are Still Falling Behind on International Women’s Day (Forbes): “Today is a good day to take a look at the many ways [women are] still struggling to reach equality.”
10 Phenomenal Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day (Mashable): Now that you have learned about the history and importance of International Women’s Day, what is there to do? Check out this list of 10 great ideas.
Are there any websites or resources we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!