Women issues are not local issues. They are international issues that demand attention from everybody and every organization at each corner of the world. This conforms to Gloria Steinem’s words, that the story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights. That is why there is a series of Global events for women, like the international Women’s Day. These evens enhance solidarity in women in the fight for equality with men in nearly all aspects of life. Here are a few instances that epitomize internationalization of women issues.
The International Women’s Day
This is a day that encapsulates a myriad of women events organized by women groups, corporations, schools, charities, governments and even individuals from all over the world. It is commemorated on 8th March to celebrate the achievements of women in the world stage. It aims at inspiring women to work even harder in order to survive, and possibly eliminate the negativity of the modern world towards girls and women. The International Women’s Day has become better day in day out. The event is marked with a different theme every year, and the 2015 theme is “Make it happen.” In some countries, the IWD is a public holiday while in others like the USA, the month of March is considered to be the month of women history.
Formation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or UN Women, in 2010 explains why we are yet to experience many efforts towards globalization of women issues. Headquartered in New York, this body aims at supporting Inter-governmental bodies like the Commission on the Status of Women in their policy formulation. It also assists women in member states to achieve the much desired equality with men.
United Nations World Conference
The United Nations World Conference in Beijing in the year 1995 led to a myriad of changes to the way women were being treated in all areas of the world. This conference was attended by representatives from 189 countries, which is strong evidence of globalization of women issues. The fourth conference will be held in 2015, marking 20 years of fights for full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life.
Collaboration of women groups with other global organizations
Most global organizations are more than willing to work with the international women groups in order to help them achieve their goals. Particularly, the World Bank has put tremendous efforts in funding women projects. The United Nations has also done the same, especially through UN Women. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security- USA and The Agency for International Development have also funded various women empowerment policies and plans. The Young Feminist Wire and the International Center for Research on Women are also worth honorable mention to this end.
Concisely, women are treated in a similar manner wherever they are in the world. Indeed, there is no specific race that in the world that puts women in a better position than men. This explains why women issues are not local issues, but issues affecting more than half of the world’s population. For this reason, they need to be treated with the respect they deserve. Remember that women are agents of reconciliation, growth and development, peace as well as political and economic stability.