I just finished watching the morning news on China’s equivalent of CCN , CCTV’s English channel. They showed stories from around Asia on how women were celebrated for International Women’s Day. Bravo to the articulate Pakastani woman who commented on how a “day” for woman was rather silly and her group was working towards 365 (366) days of rights for women domestically and in the public sphere. Then I saw a piece on a program in Jakarta which transports expressed breast milk from working mothers back to their babies’ caregivers.
So what did we do here to celebrate or honor women?
A week ago an email went out asking us women if we wanted to participate in a three-legged race and some other picnic-type games. I passes as these just aren’t my thing even on a sunny balmy day. Also, while I can see this as a fun thing, I just can’t understand how the races honor women. I tried, but I can’t. It’s not like Chinese women have complete equality so they can sit back and revel in games.
Yesterday’s news reported that in Western China after the revolution women’s wages were 73% more or less compared to men. Now they’re 56%. Talk about a backslide.
Currently according to the 21% of China’s legislative body members are women and they are working towards getting that up to the 30% UN goal. What about the US on that score?
- International Women’s Day 2012: Celebrations Around the World [SLIDESHOW] (ibtimes.com)
- This International Women’s Day, Let’s Celebrate the New Consciousness About Women’s Rights (alternet.org)
- International Women’s Day (greatmentor.net)
- Honoring the Women In My Life: International Women’s Day (bilerico.com)
- International Women’s Day 2012 Tweets Flood the Twitterverse (mashable.com)
- Pledge to guard women’s rights (nation.com.pk)
- International Women’s Day celebrated around the world (oup.com)
- International Women’s Day: It Cannot Be Okay (p4ww.wordpress.com)
- The REAL International Woman´s day (chicquero.com)