International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8th, and is an important day to celebrate the women’s right’s movement’s progression. It’s a day to honour the strength, motivation, and ambition it took to get us where we are. Earlier this week, I went to a Women in Technology panel at alocal entrepreneurship hub, Communitech.
My mother, my grandmother, my aunt, they’re all people who paved their way and took their stand. It’s easy to forget that in 2018, across 149 countries studied by the World Economic Forum, only 17 had women as heads of states; 34% of managerial positions are held by women globally (in countries with available public data), women had access to equal financial services as men in only 60% of the countries, and land ownership in 42%.
All this, is on the first page of the report. It is difficult to understand a complex policy document with multiple subsection, but just a quick look at these statistics show a wider problem. There is a systemic inequality present globally which can only be fixed if we can agree it’s a problem.
But, as the report states the political empowerment gap between men and women will require about 107 years to close. That means, I will not even be able witness an equal political system and representation in my lifetime.
We have come a long way. We’ve earned the right to vote, to work, to even wear pants. But, do not discredit the hard work that went into that by saying ‘feminism is over’, or ‘feminism is cancelled’. Those statistics are from 2018. That was not 20 years ago. That was less than 6 months ago.