Monday, March 8, 2010

International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day, and a good time to reflect on a couple of facts:

Women in Africa contribute 70% of food production, but have little in the way of land rights.

Every year 60 million girls are assaulted at or on their way to school.

Over two thirds of the world's illiterates are women.

Of the 1.3 billion people who live in extreme poverty worldwide, 70% are women and girls.

In other words, gender inequality is central to poverty. Let's work to fix it.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know where to say this, but.

    I am angry and sad at how the Jack Neo 'affair' is being reported in the media.

    Our very own home-grown David Letterman! Because to pressure your employees, who are dependent on you for jobs and homes, into having sex, well, it's harassment at the least, and if we want to call a spade a spade, it's rape.

    Happy International Women's Day/Women's History Month. As they say over at Shakesville, it's up to us ourselves to be teaspoons against the ocean. Thank you for this blog. :)


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