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International Women’s Day
With crime and discrimination against women breaking new records every year, does it make any sense to celebrate the day? I don’t see any reason in the celebration. We rather sit back and forget the day. This is an utterly pessimistic post. Readers are requested to apply their logic rather than emotion. We have had enough of emotion for nothing. Isn’t it?
With 8th March coming close, the need for celebrating women’s day has become a necessity. But what are we celebrating? What is in the day to celebrate? If celebration means a joyful occasion or a day on which special festivities are organised, pardon me! I don’t see anything joyous about the day and need for any festivities. Ask me why and let these statistics justify my point.
Violence causes more death and disability worldwide amongst women aged 15-44 than war, cancer, malaria and traffic accidents (World Bank Study World Development Report: Investing in Health, New York, Oxford University Press, 1993.)
Of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_world)
At least 1 in 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime with the abuser usually someone known to her (General Assembly. In-Depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women: Report of the Secretary General, 2006. A/61/122/Add.1. 6 July 2006)
In Rwanda, up to half a million women were raped during the 1994 genocide (http://www.womankind.org.uk/about/why-women/statistics/)
Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of all women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. In some regions, 38% of women have experienced intimate partner violence (WHO)
Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner. There are fewer data available on the health effects of non-partner sexual violence. However, the evidence that does exist reveals that women who have experienced this form of violence are 2.3 times more likely to have alcohol use disorders and 2.6 times more likely to experience depression or anxiety (WHO)
In March this year Maplecroft, a risk analytics company, analysed the risk of sexual violence in conflict across 15 years using indicators such as the “systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war”. (Text Courtesy: The Guardian)
Image Source: http://maplecroft.com/
In modern conflict almost 90% of casualties are civilians, most of whom are women and children (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI Yearbook 1999, SIPRI, Oxford University Press, 1999, p. 2)
41 million girls worldwide are still denied a primary education. (UNESCO, Education for all: Global monitoring report 2008, Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2007, p184.)
Women produce up to 80% of food in developing countries, but are more likely to be hungry than men, and are often denied the right to own land (Food and Agriculture Organization, The feminization of hunger what do the surveys tell us? 2001, and The state of food insecurity in the world 2005, Rome: 2005, p17)
With inputs from http://www.womankind.org.uk/about/why-women/statistics
The statistics reveal urgent need for care and campaign for universal protection of women worldwide. Women, despite being the driver of society still fear from insecurity, poverty, malnutrition, crime, discrimination.
Women need a sheltered world, not a world where their dreams are shattered
Despite the truck-load of above-mentioned critical statistics on women condition worldwide, if we still have reasons to celebrate the International women’s day; are we not faking it?