Who Needs International Women’s Day?

Who needs International Women’s Day? Didn’t Mary Wollstonecraft and Sojourner Truth take care of all that two centuries ago? “Women can vote. What more do they want?” Hmm…

Malala Yousafzai, 14-year-old girl shot for speaking out about her right to education, in 2012

Malala Yousafzai, 14-year-old girl shot for speaking out about her right to education, in 2012. She can’t be stopped; but she can be supported.

If you are unaware of the continuing practices of female genital mutilation, the forbidding of education for females, acid attacks and ironically-named “honour killings”, your ignorance must be blissful.

And if you think these are all problems of faraway places, not here in safe and civilized Canada, you must be avoiding mainstream news even more vigorously than I do.

Perhaps you are unmoved by the frequency with which Canadian Aboriginal women are murdered or go missing, but don’t imagine such crimes are limited to one group or community.

Statistics Canada declares, “violence against women in Canada continues to be a persistent and ongoing problem.”

Who needs International Women’s Day? We all do. Learn the facts, and let women have their day.

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2 responses to “Who Needs International Women’s Day?

  1. kaya

    Thanks for reminding us Mr Mackay. i would like to have read more of what you think and what we can do to support the cause, but the links are very useful. Thanks!

    • Hey, who taught you to read?
      Thank you for your comment, Kaya. I’m flattered you would like to know more of what I think. But I intentionally shut myself up, for the very reason that it would be more appropriate for me to know the thoughts of someone like yourself on this subject. Please comment at length!

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