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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

International Women's Day 2011

I cannot in all conscience not blog about the centenary of International Women's Day.

I was Women's Officer for undergraduate students when at college ensuring their voices were heard by college authorities, dishing out rape alarms and offering weekly meetings where they could feel less isolated and discuss issues that affected them or other women at home and abroad. Some women told me they would not attend women's group meetings as the men in college would stop liking them if they did. That was back in the Eighties but I wonder how much has changed? Is it still more important for many women to be liked by men than to fight for women's rights? Does that mean there are no issues left to debate or does it mean that women still do not feel empowered to have a voice?

On Twitter today, I got absolutely no responses to my promotion and questions about the day. Yet I know I am followed by hundreds of women and some feisty and fabulous ones at that.

Maybe some women feel International Women's Day does not matter. However, it does give a focus each year to highlight issues confronting women around the world from my small village to other continents.

Is is right to say nothing when two women a week are killed as a result of domestic violence?

Can we stay silent when on average a woman is assaulted 35 times before making a phone call to the police?

Is it fair to turn a blind eye when children are witnessing women being treated in this way?

When I finally admitted to being attacked by a man on the street to my Mum in the Eighties, she shocked me by telling me that she was also attacked in the Forties.

What goes wrong? Or do we have to accept unpalatable statistics like the ones on domestic violence outlined above?

If you are a woman reading this, leave a comment and have your say. You have a right to a voice. Use it whether on Twitter, Facebook, in local politics, with your family, colleagues and friends.

What matters to you? How can we improve women's lives?

There are so many issues and inequalities. At the very least, give them some thought, do some research and show your commitment to a fairer world for women.

I will post about women's issues this week and hope others do that too. Bloggers have power to change things and working for a fairer world for women is a very good cause indeed.



  1. Until a woman's place in the home and her ability to be a mother is up there on a par with a CEO women will never get the same say nor will they beleive in the fact that they are important. I spent much of the 80s and 90s thinking that women who opted for being stay at home mothers were copping out how wrong I was! Bringing up the next generation properly is the single most important job/careeer opportunity I have ever had. And it's blooming difficult! (In my spare time I earn money too)

  2. An excellent post - I am sad that we are not awash with posts on this topic today. I too was the womens officer at uni, many a night was spent writing up the rota for the the womens walking bus for after the clubs and pubs had kicked out. I also went to the NUS womens conference. I was very proud to represent both women and my uni at the time.

  3. I'm with you on that Tattie. Choices women have to make are so difficult without them being judged by other women. After reading this post, I've written one of my own, an open letter to my now 5 year old daughter!
    Thanks mumsarcade for writing about this.