My mother taught me well, every day is women’s day!
Little did I know that March 8 is also designated International Women’s Day.
Today is the 10th, but I still saw a lady on the Metro carrying a balloon down the escalator celebrating this special time.
Overall, even in the 21st century, it is appalling to say that women are not only still under-appreciated, but highly disrespected, and worse physically and emotionally abused around the world
Just this week, I read about another horrible rape in India of a 16-year old girl who was then set on fire and burned alive over 95% of her body–what crazies out there do this to women?
In Afghanistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for being a girl and wanting to go to school.
In other places in the world, terror groups like ISIS and Boko Haram abduct and make sexual slaves of women.
In Germany, migrants sexually assaulted literally hundreds of women on New Year’s Eve.
And in Brooklyn, New York, 4 out of 5 suspects in a rape of an 18-year girl in the park go free without bail.
This doesn’t even touch the more mundane matters of pay inequity and equal opportunity issues where women still only earn 84% of what men earn in the workplace.
As if any normal person should even need to be told this, I remember some progressive teacher in yeshiva telling us that women being disrespected or hurt could be your mother, sister, wife, or daughter, so DON’T do it or tolerate it!
While gender stereotypes still prevail about women being solely the homemaker and rearer of children, at least more men are now open to sharing or taking on these roles as well.
I think for women, it’s still a grossly sick and inequitable world out there and it’s a true mark of shame on anyone who perpetuates these abuses.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)