Monday, March 8, 2010

International Women's Day: Equal "rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all."

Today Monday 8th March, 2010 is International Women's Day (IWD) so I just wanted to say 'Happy International Women's Day' to all you ladies out there! 

Okay so what is International Women's Day about? According to the International Women's Day website International Women's Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The site further notes in some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. What is interesting is that the first IWD was in 1911, so next year will make it a Global Centenary.

Is there anything special that takes place today to honor IWD? 

I also found this interesting article on the International Women's Day website where a poll was done and 1 in 4 people voted that YES a woman's place is in the home. You can read the full article "Is a woman's place in the home? 1 in 4 say yes poll". This was a survey that was done in 23 countries with over 24,000 adults. According to the article the results showed that, "people from India (54 percent), Turkey (52 percent), Japan (48 percent), China, Russia, Hungary (34 percent each) and South Korea (33 percent) were most likely to agree that women should not work". Surprisingly it was young adults that voted this way and not the older, more traditional folks who you would expect to have this train of thought. On the bright side, 75 percent of the surveyed adults believed that the woman's place is definitely not at home. 

I am a housewife by circumstance at the moment and it's a choice that I made. I believe that a woman has the right to decide for herself whether she will like to stay at home or work. Many women do both - have a career and run their household. I don't believe however that 'a woman's place is at home'. That's just my opinion. 

You can also check out this Huffington Post article for links to videos around the world highlighting IWD if you are interested. 

Have a great day all!

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