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International Women's Day 2014: Inspiring Change

Saturday, March 08, 2014
By Devika Jina


There Are 101 Women on Planet Earth for Every 100 Men: So Why Do We Need International Women's Day?


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International Women's Day was first observed in 1909 in the United States in honor of the garment worker's strike to protest deplorable working conditions. Over the next 10 years, similar initiatives sprang up in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Russia, and have continues to spread across the globe ever since.  The 1945 Charter of the United Nations affirmed the principle of women's equality, and in 1975 during International Women's Year, UN began celebrating International Women's Day on March 8. This year, the theme is "Inspiring Change," and I hope I can inspire you. 

In Russia, March 8th is the day when men give flowers to their grandmothers, mothers, girlfriends, and daughters. In ancient Indian culture, the birth of a girl marked the entrance of the mother goddess into a household. All over the world, each and every culture and tradition has its own special way of celebrating womankind, and reminding all of us that X is just as equal a part of the equation as Y. 

In a perfect world, there would be no need for International Women’s Day. But here we are, on the eve of the 104th celebration. Amid all the celebrations, we see how far we’ve come, yet there are also stark reminders of how much further we need to go. In his latest State of the Union Address, President Obama admitted that it is ‘an embarrassment’ that women are only paid 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male colleagues. It is difficult to believe the obstruction of justice that occurred in Stubenville when a rape victim was brave enough to come forward...in our day and age, and in an enlightened, liberal society such as ours. 

It would be very easy to continue talking about the problems, and how, damningly they are too often neglected. Instead, let’s take a moment to thank the champions who have taken us proudly to where we are today. 

Hillary Clinton is a champion for our right to choose, and for demanding access to family planning and sexual health clinics as a right for all of us, whether we live in Brooklyn or a Congolese township. Vandana Shiva has taken a firm stand against GMOs and gene patenting, and is working with Indian communities to create positive change for women and the environment through sustainable and organic agriculture. Malala Yousafzai, who gained worldwide recognition after being shot on her way to school, is firm in her fight for education for all, despite being faced with a force hell-bent on quashing her freedom and that of everyone in its wake. But remember, she is a girl, just like you

These famous champions, and the other people who stand up just like they do, are examples of the very best all of us can be. In them we see how human action can make things just a little bit (or a whole lot) easier for others, anyone at all, to live a happier and more fulfilled life. Only, on International Women’s Day we celebrate the fact that we are making a world in which women are movers and shakers alongside men. That is why we celebrate International Women’s Day: to remind everyone that it’s men and women who can, and will, work to take this world a few steps closer to perfect.

We Can All Inspire - and Act - for Change


As a business, Green Rainbow Revolution can help you show your conscious, sourcing from companies like ECOlunchbox, which employs traditional local artisans in India, or dZi, which assists Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal to form women's cooperatives, to further economic independence for women around the world. 

We hope you'll take this opportunity to learn more, and DO more, to protect and champion the rights of women and girls every day. The organizations listed here do serious work and can help you connect, and learn more about how education, land ownership, and economic opportunities for women and girls are critical components to eliminating poverty for ALL people. Together we can create a world where women and girls can truly be safe, respected, valued...and equal.

Organizations "Inspring Change"




Devika Jina is Green Rainbow Revolution's rock star Social Media & Blog Intern. She has a background in Philosophy and Sustainability, and is conducting research for her Msc. She's also a keen blogger.  Check our her personal blog, Look Here, Listen Up! you can check out her material here: Look Here, Listen Up! 

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Nicole commented on 08-Mar-2014 07:58 PM
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