Today (March 8th) is International Women's Day. It's a day that's been around for more than 90 years. Here in the U.S. any recognition of the day is fairly low-key but it's a much bigger holiday in other parts of the world.
I read this recently (from http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womensday1.html
Some of the issues the U.N. and International Women's Day have focused on include the following:
· About 25,000 brides are burned to death each year in India because of insufficient dowries. The groom's family will set the bride on fire, presenting it as an accident or suicide. The groom is then free to remarry.
· In a number of countries, women who have been raped are sometimes killed by their own families to preserve the family's honor. Honor killings have been reported in Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and other Persian Gulf countries.
· According to the World Health Organization, 85 million to 115 million girls and women have undergone some form of female genital mutilation. Today, this practice is carried out in 28 African countries, despite the fact that it is outlawed in a number of these nations.
· Rape as a weapon of war has been used in Chiapas, Mexico; Rwanda, Kuwait, Haiti, Colombia, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere.
This is not to mention sexual slavery that is pretty rampant in many parts of the world.
This has got me to thinking how far we still have to go to make the world a better place for all women?Question for Debate: How can we as women (or men) in the U.S. best help women in the rest of the world get to where we are now?
It seems to me this is a good argument for keeping the U.N. strong, as they have worked on issues such as these from a position of authority.