Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8
March 6, 2012 § 2 Comments
I remember when my Mom went to work outside the home for a short time when I was in elementary school. It sent our traditional family into a tailspin. But she did it to supplement our household income during a time when my Dad was in between jobs. Today, I represent a generation where most women have worked, to support our families, providing for the health, education and necessities. Not all Moms around the world have access to employment or the resources they need to support their family. Shonali Burke sent me this really important information on the plight of women and how we can participate in International Women’s Day, March 8.
OxFam Highlights Women’s Inequalities
Moms around the world, who also want to feed and provide for their kids just like we do, are facing hardships that make it nearly impossible. They’re among the one in seven people who go to bed hungry every night. That’s right, one in seven. And this isn’t because there isn’t enough food to go around. It’s because there are deep imbalances in access to resources like fertile lands and water. In fact, more than 40 percent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – live in poverty, and many of them are women.
Women who work hard, but can’t earn enough to feed their families; women whose hearts break when they see their children go hungry; women – half the people on earth – who need equal access to the resources that can help them overcome poverty.
Shockingly sad but true:
- Sixty-six percent of the world’s work falls on women’s shoulders, yet they earn only 10% of the world’s income;
- If women were given the same level of access to resources that men have, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30%;
- Hunger and poverty are about power and inequality, and women and girls face the biggest inequalities of all.
This International Women’s Day, how about showing women everywhere you appreciate their contributions to our world? Oxfam America is giving you a couple of really easy ways to do this:
1. Send an to a woman you know, to say thank you for all that she does. Better yet, send it to several women who’ve made the world a better place.
2. Give the Oxfam America International Women’s Day 2012 award to a woman you think has made a difference to the world. She could be a teacher, your mom, a non-profit leader, a woman entrepreneur, the neighbor who always checks up on you when you’re ill… the possibilities are endless.
If we come together, we may not be able to remove the imbalances between men and women immediately. But we will show women around the world… and in our own neighborhoods… that we care about them.
That’s not too much to ask for half the world’s population, is it?