We might not all know about some of the biggest issues that are happening to women across the world – So we wanted to shine a light on some of the things that make International Women’s Day so important.
1. The world health organisation estimates that there are still 3 million african girls each year undergoing some form of female genital mutilation. 170,000 girls and women living in the UK are survivors of the practice, with 65,000 girls under the age of 13 being at risk
2. In the UK, 77% of the members of parliament are men which is way worse than even Australia. The UK House of Commons is made up of 502 men and 148 women.
3. In 48 nations across the world, a husband is legally still able to rape his wife. india’s criminal law act reads: “Sexual intercourse, or sexual acts by a man with his own wife (The wife not being under 15 years of age) is not rape.
4. In Australia, a woman dies at the hand of a current or former partner every week.
One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and one in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence.
5. We get paid an average of 17.3% less than men for doing the same job. The biggest pay gap in Australia is in Western Australia, where we are paid 24.9% less.
6. Women STILL have to pay tax on tampons, which are considered to be a ‘luxury’ by the government.
There are plenty of things that we need to face and work on in this country, but it’s the things that are happening internationally, sometimes in life or death situations, which really show why we need International Women’s Day.