It's March 8th, International Woman's Day or IWD. An official holiday in Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Georgia, Italy, Israel, Laos, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
A day where we look back on the value of women in our society, a day where we look back at their accomplishments and their struggles for equality. A day we call our mom, sisters, cousins, friends, colleagues, girlfriend or any other women we know and tell them how important they are to us and how thankful we are to have them around.
Not everywhere however, on Tazeen's blog she writes of banners that have appeared in her home town on Karachi, apparently posted by a group called "Women and Family Commission" there are three versions of these posted on her blog.
Here's her explanation of the banners:
"One of the banners says that the quota for women's employment is tantamount to increasing the number of children who will spend their days without their mother's attention. Another one says that 50% quota in jobs for women is infringement of men's rights and my personal favorite is the last one which says, employment is not the solution to the problems of women."
Anyone who reads that and doesn't realize that it's crap is out of their minds!
I'm glad Tazeen posted this because I never would have heard about it otherwise...
At least not in time to wish my female readers a very happy International Woman's Day!