Growing up, International Women’s Day (IWD) was just another holiday. It marked the momentous occasion of my dad’s biannual vacuuming and (gasp!) dish-washing (the other time was for mom’s birthday). I looked forward to receiving chocolates and being important for one day, without questioning the day’s origins. Today, however, is not the day of chocolates and flowers, not the day of empty gestures, nor is it the only day women are allowed to matter. Today is the day of sisterhood and empowerment. Today is the day of reflection and of action. On this International Women’s Day let us continue the history of activism and unabated struggle towards equality. I ask you to take a stand on one of the issues outlined below and make your voice heard.
Violence Against Women
According to UN’s The World’s Women Report , the rates of women who experience physical violence at least once in their lifetime varies from several percent to over 59, depending on the region.