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Blogging for women’s equality

August 26, 2009

Today, good reader, is Women’s Equality Day. There is much to celebrate – but still more sexism to overcome.

For my part I am still pleased at having retrained myhusband not to ask what’s for tea the moment he (or worse, I) step through the door from work. I can’t get him to stop asking while I’m still in the whirl of tea/bedtime routines for our daughter – but perhaps one day… *sigh*

Irritating as this piece of domestic grit is, I’m well aware that being married to a man with slightly old-fashioned views is nothing compared to the lives of so many women here in the UK and around the world.

A quick visit to Amnesty’s Women’s Action Network page tells the same tragic stories: women being stoned to death for adultery (a horrible reminder of the fate of Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, the 13-year-old girl stoned to death for being raped); women raped as part of war; women imprisoned for standing up for their basic human rights.

There are plenty of people who don’t believe you or I can change any of that. They are wrong. I’d like you to prove that today. Make a small donation to a women’s refuge. Stand up to casual sexism in the workplace, on the bus, or in your own home. Write a letter to support one of the causes on the Women’ Action Network webpage. If you’re a woman, stand up for yourself when someone puts you down.

And then, do it all again tomorrow, or the day after, or perhaps every Wednesday, or the last Wednesday of the month? Once you get in the habit of making small changes, it’s amazing how easy it is, and the difference you can make.

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