Today is THE day to celebrate the achievements of women over the past century. While we have come along way from the first international women's day in 1911, I think we still have a long way to go to achieve true equality.
A few Stats which may be of interest to you!!
- Of the world's 1.3 billion poor people, it is estimated that nearly 70 per cent are women.
- Between 75 and 80 per cent of the world's 27 million refugees are women and children.
- Only 28 women have been elected heads of state or government in this century.
- Women hold 11.7 per cent of the seats in the world's parliaments.
- Of the world's nearly one billion illiterate adults, two-thirds are women
- Two-thirds of the 130 million children worldwide who are not in school are girls
- The majority of women earn on average about three-fourths of the pay of males for the same work, outside of the agricultural sector, in both developed and developing countries
- In most countries, women work approximately twice the unpaid time men do
- The value of women's unpaid housework and community work is estimated at between 10-35 per cent of GDP worldwide, amounting to $11 trillion in 1993.
If you have some extra time kicking around, you should watch this documentary, "The F Word, " which aired this week on CBC.
Are you doing anything to celebrate today? We are attending the Scene and Heard Women's Film Festival which is being presented in honor of International Women's Day.