I am writing this during a very sunny afternoon in a secure, happy environment and it is International Women’s Day. A day that I have to acknowledge, as I am a strong believer in equal rights for everyone.
As a 2018 women, I went to google to find out more. On the UN Women website http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day I found the extract below.
The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice…Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population, and are being left behind in every measure of development.
One of the facts I found was that more than half of all poor rural women lack basic literacy skills. The consequences of this are; barriers to employment and decision making; lower income; lower quality jobs; increased health consequences and decreased individual and social well – being.
Malala Yousafzai is a young women who saw the need to address this. She has very passionately advocated for the right for all girls to receive an education. Malala addressed the United Nations on 12 July 2013, Yousafzai's 16th birthday, where she asked the UN to call for worldwide access to education. The UN dubbed the event "Malala Day.”
As parents and teachers, I think it is important for us to reflect that not all women/adults/ children have the same affordances that are offered to us and our children or the children we work with. This is where the power of education comes into play. Education can and does change lives. Sometimes it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but my belief is that through working together as a learning community, we will achieve the best outcomes for the children in our care and the world they will inherit.