Today is International Women’s Day. Events for International Women’s Day started in 1911 (yes, this year’s day marks the 100 year anniversary). International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe and is an official holiday in as many as 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia. (info from press release on IWD) President Obama even declared the entire month of March 2011 “Women’s History Month.”
So what is International Women’s Day? It started as a way to bring light to women’s issues like voting rights, equality in the work place and others. More recent International Women’s Days have focused on celebrating important milestones in women rights movements as well as celebrating women achievements overall.
We’re not only mentioning International Women’s Day because it’s important to celebrate women, in particular our callers/chatters and those of us on the loveisrespect staff, but because women’s movements have been crucial to bringing dating abuse and domestic violence into the public eye. Gender roles and social structure have always been a part of the issue of dating violence. If women are seen as lower members of society and are allowed to be objectified, it empowers their partners to take advantage of those “facts.”
On this International Women’s Day, we want to give a special encouragement to our female readers and say that we want you to keep demanding what you deserve. To our male readers, please take a moment today to tell a woman in your life (mom, sister, girlfriend, teacher) that you appreciate the ways she makes your life better.
Read more by visiting the International Women’s Day website.