Today is International Women’s Day.
The ABC has Five Reasons why life is hard for Women in 2017.
Here are five ways to love women you don’t know.
- Donate e.g. Share the Dignity
Aussie charity organising donated sanitary products for homeless and low income women. They also fight against ‘luxury’ tax status for tampons.
- Talk up women
Challies cites studies where six & seven year olds already have gendered beliefs.
When I was a kid, the Australian government did a big campaign of ‘Girls can do anything.’
Also I’m loving this new series Little People, Big Dreams.
- Stop disrespectful language and habits
In his previous work role, my husband used the empty female toilets on site visits – because they were free from pornography.
Friends working in administration are consistently referred to as ‘girls’; with ‘cunts and pussies’ often peppering conversation.
Words matter – their meanings and conations develop with usage. Watch this video #LikeAGirl
- Affirm motherhood
Prepare for controversy. I’m just saying it’s a viable and respected vocation. And it’s hard.
- Be informed
UN Women has stats and articles.
Remember the INTERNATIONAL aspect. In Australia most women go to school, wait until adulthood for marriage, have options for employment and motherhood is a choice. Not so in many countries.