INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…..PERSPECTIVE

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international_womens_day_mapThere is no place on Earth where women and men enjoy equality, not one.  There is no utopia of genderless peace anywhere.  Don’t even get us started on the prejudice suffered by the LGBTQ community, hint, it’s way worse than you think.

The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day this year is 50/50 by 2030, as you can imagine, we’re a long way off that goal.  What we can show you today is a bit of perspective we hope. Women are unpaid, undervalued and unequal, but don’t take our word for it, these facts come from extensive study by Oxfam and the U.N.

“Women continue to bear the burden of unpaid work. In low and middle-income countries, women spend three times as many hours as men on unpaid care work each day. The situation in Canada is only slightly better, with women performing nearly twice as many hours of unpaid work each day as do men. In spite of high levels of education among girls and women, the wage gap in Canada is getting bigger, not smaller. In 2009, women earned 74.4% of what men earned, in 2011 it was 72%. The gap is worse for marginalized women, including Aboriginal and racialized women. The industries women find themselves working in are undervalued. For example, in Canada, truck drivers – the majority of whom are men – are paid an average of $45,417 per year, while Early Childhood Educators – the majority of whom are women – are paid $25,252 per year.”  from Oxfam and the Centre for Policy Alternatives

That’s just the financial perspective, women also bear the brunt of the environmental disaster that is Global Climate Change.  They are generally responsible for the water and food needed by their families.

” Women farmers currently account for 45-80 per cent of all food production in developing countries depending on the region. About two-thirds of the female labour force in developing countries, and more than 90 percent in many African countries, are engaged in agricultural work.  In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more unpredictable and scarce. Women face loss of income as well as harvests—often their sole sources of food and income. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to women and girls whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. Furthermore, women are often excluded from decision-making on access to and the use of land and resources critical to their livelihoods.5 For these reasons, it is important that the rights of rural women are ensured in regards to food security, non-discriminatory access to resources, and equitable participation in decision-making processes.”  from  UN WomenWatch

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