What a week it has been for women in the world. Many stories have topped the headlines and gone viral. It is disappointing that in 2021 there is still progress to be made regarding women’s rights and gender equality.
March 8th; International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day was Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,”. According to the United Nations, women who are also at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, as front-line, health sector workers, scientists, doctors, caregivers, get paid 11% less globally than their male counterparts. The UN Secretary-General’s recent report reveals that women are underrepresented in public life and decision-making. Less than 25% of national parliamentarians are women and women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries.
March 8th; An interview that Oprah Winfrey had with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was broadcasted to the world, and no topics were off limits. Meghan courageously admitted that she had felt suicidal after joining the Royal Family and that she received little support from the Royal Family regarding her mental health. In the interview, Meghan told Oprah that Harry had been asked by a member of the Royal Family “how dark” their son Archie’s skin might be. She also expressed her concerns and her frustration over Archie’s lack of security and title. In one of the few lighthearted moments of the interview, the couple shared that they were expecting a baby girl this summer.
March 9th; Sarah Everard, a 33 year-old lady from London went missing while walking home from a friend’s house. Human remains were found in a wooded area in Kent and an officer was arrested on suspicion of murder. A Labour Party member of Parliament stood in the House of Commons and read out the names of the women killed in the U.K. in the last year in cases where a man has been convicted or charged as the primary suspect — a list that consumed four minutes. Many women took to social media. Many women can relate to fearing for their safety in the everyday world. ‘Walk in well-lit areas, don’t wear headphones, don’t walk alone, don’t wear a dress, don’t make eye contact, hold your keys, don’t be out late, text me later, fake a phone call’…. More than 90% of women and girls in the U.K. have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces, according to data released by UN Women United Kingdom on Wednesday This figure does not surprise me. Violence against women is highly prevalent, and intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence. Violence against women has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 14th; In Australia, tens of thousands of people turned up to marches across Australia protesting against the high numbers of sexual abuse and harassment cases of women in the country. The marches were spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, centred around Australia’s parliament.
March 14th; Mothers Day🥰💐
March 2021-Whitney Wolfe Herd becomes known as the youngest self-made woman in history to become a billionaire. Whitney Wolfe Herd joined the development team for the dating app Tinder when she was 22 and was the vice president for marketing. She was behind the name of the app and flame logo. Whitney resigned in 2014 due to growing tensions between executives and filed a lawsuit against Tinder for sexual harrassment. Whitney suffered from severe panic attacks following threats and decided to move on. She created one of the largest dating apps in the world, Bumble, and became one of the top female CEOs in tech. Bumble is an app that was designed so only women can send the first message when users match on the platform. Bumble is now valued at $14 billion.