Days like this are meant to be a reminder that we aren’t done fighting. You may feel that you are equal in this world, and you may wonder why women are walking off the job today and protesting for women’s rights.
If you’re in a position to wonder this, then good for you: but the simple fact is that there are millions of women around the world who don’t have the same privilege as you.
We fight today in solidarity with the women who aren’t allowed to work for money at all, or the ones who are allowed to work, but are doing so for less than their male counterparts.
We fight today out of anger at the estimated 720 million marriages of women under the age of 18 around the world, and the 156 million marriages of men under the age of 18.
We fight today for the 200 million girls and women alive today who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting.
We fight today because only 19% of organisations offer parental leave for men on equal terms to women, but 61% of people believe working flexibly is career limiting for women.
We fight today because 85% of domestic violence victims are women. Because 3 women are murdered in the US every day by a current or former male partner. Because between 2001 and 2012 the number of women who died from domestic violence in the US was more than double the amount of US troops who died in warzones.
We fight because we aren’t done fighting yet.
Today and every day, think about donating some of your time or your money (if you can afford it), to one of the many charities around the world that fight these fights while we are unable to.
I thought about making some recommendations for charities, but you should really do your own research and find a charity that shares your values and your goals for gender equality around the world.
If you’re sceptical about donating due to a lack of transparency, take a look at Ziva. Ziva is a loan based crowdfunding style charity where you have the power to choose where your money goes, whether it’s to women or not. Because it’s a loan, not a donation, you see your money making a difference as your loan is paid back to you. You can then reinvest it in a new venture, and continue to help break the cycle of abuse and poverty.
Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse.