Friday, March 7, 2014

equality for women is progress for all

Saturday March 08, 2014 is International Woman's Day.


Here are links so you can read the UN Women Executive Director and the UN Secretary Generals Commemoration speeches.

We as women have come such a long way since 1911 when this day was first created. It is recognized by the UN and celebrated in 27 countries. More women are finishing high school, graduating college, working in leadership positions. A century a go, only two countries allowed women to vote. Today that right is nearly universal, and more than one in five members of parliament is a woman. All of these accomplishments are amazing; however, I personally do not view tomorrow as a day of celebration. I don't want to devalue all the progress we've made, I don't. But I do want to highlight all the progress we've yet to make. Since 1996 there's been a slogan for each IWD. Over 18 years and at least four of those slogans specifically discuss violence against women. Last year the theme was "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women."

A promise is a promise yet 18.3% of women in the United States have survived a completed or attempted rape; Of the 18.3%, 12.3% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 29.9% were between the ages of 11 and 17. (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010). That's just in the US. In South Africa, rape is so common that it barely makes the news. One in four South African men has admitted to having raped a woman. You want me to keep it local? I can. Every 2 minutes another American is being sexually assaulted. 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. According to the same Survey from 2010, 63.84 of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. So not only are women being harmed ALL the time, but they're also too scared or embarrassed to turn in their abuser!

So how do I plan on spending tomorrow, every day until next March 8th, every day for the rest of my life? Telling everyone I meet that they are worthy of pure and honest love. That they should not settle ever in any aspect of their life. That they are enough. I know this is a Woman's Day post, but hey guys, I have the same advice to you. Let's all build each other up.

So, you.
Yes, you reading this.
Hi.
Hello.
You're doing a great job. I know it's hard sometimes. You feel fat and maybe boring, but you're great. You do not deserve to be talked down to or tread upon. You deserve respect. You are lovable. You don't believe me right now maybe and that's okay. Come back tomorrow and read this again. Then go for that promotion or stop dating that jerk that's not nice to you.
You are enough and you deserve all of the things.

You can have sex without being a slut.
You can be confident without being a bitch.
You can be loved without sacrificing your own happiness.
You can be athletic without being butch.
You can be sensitive without being a cry baby.
You can be fat and sexy.
You can be skinny and sexy.
You can be smart without being a know it all.
You can be weird, normal, popular, a loner, without judgement.
You can be unclassifiable.
You can be.
You're allowed to just be.



If you need help, guidance, or know someone who might here are some resources: RAINN or YWCA OKC or call your local police department.
You can get out, move up, or move on - whatever you're wanting to do.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/3/eds-iwd-speech#sthash.XvX5Fk8e.dpuf
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/3/eds-iwd-speech#sthash.XvX5Fk8e.dpuf
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/3/eds-iwd-speech#sthash.XvX5Fk8e.dpuf
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/3/eds-iwd-speech#sthash.XvX5Fk8e.dpuf
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/3/eds-iwd-speech#sthash.XvX5Fk8e.dpuf

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