Celebrating women Every day’s homework BY isabelle mercado
- Forty-nine and a half percent of the world’s population are women - Thirty five percent or one of every three women have experienced violence
With the theme “I belong to Generation Equality: for women’s equal rights”, this year International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, where nations around the world keep among the tasks of their agendas the fight for equality, participation and the empowerment of women in all areas of society.
According to data from the United Nations, the total world population currently stands at just over 7.7 billion, of which 49.5% are women. In the more than 333 million inhabitants of the United States, 170 million are women. In Alaska, where the population exceeds 737,000, its actions since 2008 include the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame (AWHF), an organization that recognizes Native or resident women for their contributions to the state, or highlights their involvement in the arts, sports, business, community service, conservation, education, government, health, humanities, native affairs, philanthropy, politics, theology and science or more. In “The Last Frontier”, 50 women were selected as part of the Women’s Hall of Fame on March 6, 2009. March was chosen as the annual induction date to coincide with the celebration of International Women’s Day. Alaska creates a community of men and women who seek to recognize women’s equality and generate their participation in all areas of society.
Things to Do at a Global Level Among the most important tasks to solve globally are violence against women. According to the United Nations, 35% of women, or one in every three, have suffered from some form of violence. Another action to be taken is in education, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are around 870 million illiterate people in the world of which two-thirds, or 65%, are women. International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide every March 8th. It is the time of year when women’s achievements are recognized.
Small actions can have a big impact, let’s celebrate Women’s Day every day.
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