Stet by Ria Bacon

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

International Women's Day

“There is no tool for development more effective
than the empowerment of women”

Here are some of the issues the UN is dealing with:

Women and health – Often women have different and unequal access to and use of basic health resources, including primary health services for the prevention and treatment of childhood diseases, malnutrition, anaemia and health care during and after pregnancy.

Women in armed conflict – While entire communities suffer the consequences of armed conflict, women and girls are particularly affected because of their status in society and their gender.

Women and poverty – More than 1 billion people in the world today, the great majority of whom are women, live in conditions of extreme poverty, mostly in developing countries.

Violence against women – Women's lives continue to be endangered by violence that is directed at them simply because they are women. Violence against women knows no class, race, or age. It exists across all socio-economic groups and it is a daily phenomenon in the lives of women throughout the world.

Refugee women – Refugee women face ongoing violations of their human rights. Often, they are subject to unequal access to food, water, shelter and essential health care.

Trafficking of women – In countries all around the world, women and girls, desperate for economic opportunity, and seeking to follow their dreams of a better life, are lured from home by promises of jobs and security. However, they often find themselves trapped in a nightmare, forced into prostitution, imprisoned by employers, mistreated and sexually abused.

Of course, it could all just be lies and propaganda (OMG!).

Still, it's good to know that help is just round the bend.
Help is just around the corner
That's so thoughtful. Because it's all about helping people help themselves, right? To be free from violence, free from the fear of dying when giving birth, free to earn a fair wage to support your family. Thanks Uncle Sam!

All together!
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me
(I can't believe I quoted that, but admit it, you recognize the words.)

Comment if you knew it was International Women's Day
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