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article imageOp-Ed: March 8 is International Women's Day

By Tim Sandle     Mar 7, 2014 in Politics
March 8 is International Women's Day, an event that has been running since 1908. This year the United Nations is marking the day with the theme of 'Equality for Women'. However, as some media reports point out, there is a long way to go.
International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. According to The Guardian, which has photos from around the world celebrating the day, in different regions the focus of the celebrations varies. Celebrations range from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements.
The Google Doodle on the eve for International Women's Day 2014 features an International Women's day doodle video, showing images and videos of women around the world, with music by Zap Mama.
While some might question why a day for women is still needed, The Independent focuses on a number of areas where women suffer inequality or abuse. These are:
Globally, about one in three women will be beaten or raped during their lifetime.
Female Genital Mutilation
This is where girls have either all or part of their clitoris and inner and outer labia sliced off without anaesthesia, and sometimes have part of their vaginas sewn up too. Over 130 million women living in the world today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation.
Around 14 million girls, some as young as eight years old, will be married in 2014. An estimated 1.2m children are trafficked into slavery each year; 80 per cent are girls.
Working rights
Globally only a 24 per cent of senior management roles are now filled by women.
The United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2014 is "Equality for Women is Progress for All". It seems that there is some way to go.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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