Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women“.
In a much talked about ad, Daniel Craig (James Bond) takes on the role of a woman as Judi Dench narrates the plight of women in the UK and around the globe. “Women are responsible for two-thirds of the work done worldwide but earn only ten percent of the total income and one percent of total property. It’s not just about money and power.” She goes on to address women’s inability to get an education, sexual assaults committed against women and other crimes. So, are we equal?
For me, this day is a time of reflection on how I contribute to the advancement of women in my adopted country, my homeland and around the globe. I first got into my field because I wanted to be a voice for the usually voiceless: survivors of domestic violence and child abuse. As I get further along, I hope to use my research to continue to advocate for those women, children (and men) who are unable to speak up for themselves.
After all, although this is International Women’s Day, everyone, including men, have a role to play in advancing women’s issues. What are you doing today and every day to improve the lives of women?