Today, March 8, We Honor International Women’s Day.
We have much more to do!
Posted Mar 10, 2015
Today, March 8, we honor International Women’s Day.
This day is created to honor the economic, social, and political achievements of women around the world. We also recognize the influence of women in our families, society, businesses, education, and even in the military.
In 1995, 189 countries endorsed the Platform for Action, but today, no country has achieved gender equality. At the current pace, it will take 81 years to achieve gender parity in economic participation, and some 50 years to reach parity in parliamentary representation.
"Progress for women in the past 20 years has been unacceptably slow".
This is the conclusion of a global review of progress on gender equality, to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where we were informed that despite some progress, world leaders have not done nearly enough to act on commitments made, being a collective failure of leadership.
Given the findings of the report, UN Women today launched a new initiative “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” to galvanize government pledges for action, as part of UN Women’s wider Beijing+20 campaign.
“By 2030 at the latest, we want to live in a world where at least half of all parliamentarians, university students, CEOs, civil society leaders and any other category, are women. Real progress requires 50-50.”
The report finds some areas of progress, such as an upturn in the number of countries removing discriminatory laws and adopting legislation to stop violence against women and girls. Girls are close to being half of all students in primary schools. Women’s labor force participation has risen; maternal mortality has declined by 45 per cent since 1990.
Yet these gains contrast with the fact that despite women’s better education, they hold some of the worse jobs, while the gender pay gap is a universal phenomenon. In the United Stated, women make about 80% of a man’s salary for the same job, ranking 65 in wage equity among 142 countries.
Violence against women and girls persists in all countries. In the United States, violence against women is a national epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control report that there are 1200 deaths and two million injuries to women from intimate partner violence each year. Nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some time in her life. Women with lower incomes suffer disproportionately from intimate partner violence.
This year alone, nearly 5% of college women will be sexually assaulted in their campus community. Researchers estimate that about 18% of women in the United States report having been raped at some point in their lifetimes.
Women are far from equal in terms of their roles in leadership in either public or private institutions. Women need to participate in political decision-making to improve the lives of women and their families. Therefore we need equity in elected office. At the present time, women have about 20% representation in the Senate and in the House.
We thank all women and men that helped and continue to help to make this world a better place, and to end violence against women, while encourage you to keep it going as we are far away from ending the epidemic against women. We have much more to do!