IWD 2022 – Rie Pearson | Your North East

Rie Pearson
,br>2022-02-16 17:29:05

Let’s Make Every Day a Women’s Day

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality.

You would imagine that as time goes on, as we develop more technologies and evolve as a species, the world would become a better place for everyone. But for some strange reason, that is not so.

The last two years have shown even more inequality of the genders. Domestic abuse has trebled, and that’s only the reported incidents. The unreported ones? Well, who knows?! Murder rates at the hands of partner and ex-partner have also multiplied. And we aren’t even counting the number of deaths that are related to intimate partner abuse – the suicides, the “accidents”, the “it looks like a drug overdose” deaths.

And let’s think about the abuse that has happened outside of the home. The horrific murders of women in the street. The world is full of danger for a woman, in and out of the home.

What can we do?

International Women’s Day on 8th March celebrates women’s achievement. Raises awareness against bias. Takes action for equality.

Are you actively engaging to include equality for all genders? Feminism is about equality. Addressing change in a positive way is essential to reducing the deaths of our mothers, sisters, daughters, and nieces.

IWD is one day in the calendar. How about we strive for a world where women are not harmed just for being women, every – single – day? If we create a society where women are safe, in doing so, we create a society where EVERYONE is safe.

I recently had a discussion with my husband. We were talking about taking our little dog out for his last walk before bedtime. I have to do this sometimes when my husband is working. I described my thought process before I leave the house. Considering I live in a “safe” place, I still have to think about where I am going. Will there be street lights? Will there be people around. Will those people be a risk to me or a protection? Shall I walk through a dark alley or underpass or risk crossing a big road? Do I carry my keys in my hand, just in case? Is the man walking behind me a threat or not? Does he even think this as he walks behind me? So much planning and consideration for a 20 minute walk.

My husband simply puts his shoes on, picks up his keys and leaves the house.

International Women’s Day. 8th March 2022.

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