Annie Lennox discusses ‘International Womens Day’ which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It is on March 8th 2011 and Annie “explains why the fight for women’s right to vote, work and educate their daughters remains as vital now as 100 years ago”
Feminism means having a sense of duty
to other mothers, sisters and daughters across the
The article focuses on countries from around the world, the predominant issues that face women in those countries and what women are striving to achieve for those countries through campaigning and charity work.
“Cambodia – The right… to an education, not exploitation
Sudan – The right…to vote for a say over our futures
Pakistan – The right…to live without fear of violence
Mexico – The right…to walk the streets safely
Afghanistan – The right…to enjoy our lives without persecution
India – The right...for baby girls to be accepted as equals
Ghana – The right...to give birth in safety and have access to healthcare”
This is an inspiring article. The page that stood out for me was looking at the country of Pakistan. It talks about domestic violence in Pakistan. An issue that is rife there – but also around the world. Incredibly “Domestic violence causes more death and disability to women worldwide than war, cancer, malaria or any other single cause”. In Pakistan 150 women are victims of acid attacks – “the attacker is usually a man whose marriage proposal has been refused, an abusive husband or in-laws avenging ‘dishonour’ brought on the family”. The images are truly shocking but I was overwhelmed by the strength and braveness of character that also stands out in their faces.
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