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International Women’s Day encourages activism

International Women’s Day encourages activism

By: Madeleine Hall

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women globally. It is also a day that calls attention to gender equality. Although IWD means different things to different people, it is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action.

The logo for IWD is purple and white featuring the symbol of venus which is also the symbol of being female.

 

As a student, when I was younger I was aware of some of the issues but I never deeply thought about how or if they might affect me in the future. As I got older I became more aware of the issues that happen both in my country and others. It sickens me that just because of your skin colour, culture, or gender a person can be disregarded both in the work environment and in day-to-day life. This has and continues to be an issue today. I have noticed that some people continue to disregard the problem thinking that it is okay or people do not think that it is still something to think about and fix. For those that are aware, most of them will not voice their opinions. But without a voice how is anything going to change?

People should celebrate this day because of all the people who fought so hard for women’s rights and how they have made such a difference. Their work has paid off and continues to do so. We would not be where we are today without their efforts.

It is very interesting to see how different cultures celebrate women and this day. I can only hope that one day everyone will see, understand, and ensure that men and women are treated equally. If you receive the same education and have the same knowledge as a male you should receive the same pay and deserve the same acknowledgment. The world has witnessed many significant changes concerning women’s equality and it continues to grow each and every year.