Today is International Women’s Day. Yay!
Ok that was not a true ecstatic yay. It was a lame yay – pretending to be ecstatic but not really.
Because I won’t pretend that I was absolutely plugged in and aware of all the facts as to what this day is about. I knew the basics though and I knew the theme for this year is Pledge For Parity.
When you work in an international law firm you know these things: Women’s Rights, Black People’s Rights; LGBT Rights. You can’t escape those emails.
But when I saw my BBM friend update ‘Why are we celebrating today? Do we have an International Men’s day. What is the aim of this day?’ I knew I had a bit of responsibility. So amidst preparing for a deal closing tomorrow, I had to do this.
First of, and to get that out of the way, yes, there is an International Men’s Day – November 19. More so, the men get the whole month of November for their Movember no shave thingy.
These days are ‘International’ day because it is officially recognized by the United Nations.
International Women’s Day (IWD) aims to achieve full gender equality for women in the world. March 8 of every year, the world is forced to recognise these inequalities – and celebrate the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.
Sometimes I’m not even sure where I stand on this equality debate. Surely I believe women should be educated. Women should vote. Women should drive. Women should not be forced into marriage. Women should not be abused. My male counterpart shouldn’t be paid more than me, and shouldn’t be unjustifiably promoted ahead of me. I also shouldn’t be looked upon as being terrible or uninterested at my job because I want to take a year off to have a baby.
On the other hand (and this applies to me as an individual), I don’t always want to split a dinner bill with my husband. I don’t want to change the tyres of my car when it burst. And at work, if there are heavy boxes of documents to be lifted at work, no please, call the man.
So yes I want social, legal, political and economic equality.
But what if a man (in addition to our normal work responsibilities) is lifting all the heavy boxes at work – should he earn more then? This is where I get confused.
But whatever my personal opinions may be on the above (and apologies if I’ve over-simplified the issue with my heavy boxes analogy), the reality is that women all over the world are far from being seen as equal to the man, and remain unfairly discriminated against.
And it is against this discrimination that we fight.
Happy International Women’s Day. Pledge For Parity. Yay! (and that’s a real ecstatic yay).
Want to read more? These articles here and here really are really helpful.
Any thoughts on these guys? (by which I mean both men and women).
PhebeMarch 8, 2016 at 22:49
Hi Kachi. I saw ur bella Naija post and kept asking myself; ‘is this st Anne’s Kachi?’I followed ur blog link and found the answer.I’ve enjoyed reading ur write ups. It’s been like listening to an online friend. 🙂
Kachee || KacheeTee.comMarch 10, 2016 at 22:11
It sure is ‘St. Anne’s Kachi’!.Lol. Thank you so much. That’s the whole idea, an online friend and easy conversations! Please drop by often…. Xx
AbbyDecember 31, 2016 at 00:51
I can relate to your confusion. Hmmmmn. Is it really equality if its only limited to a few aspects like social, legal, political?