I am still basking in the awesome women related content circulating offline and online in celebration of International Women’s Day. Clearly, this month gives us at the Female Orator the license to post all things women this month. We probably would regardless what month it is that’s what this blog is about anyway.
However, while it is refreshing to see content on women, I feel rather sad that after the month of March, we would all go back to watching and reading less about women doing extraordinary things or issues that women face.
The issues we face as women do not start and certainly do not end with the month of March. These issues are part of our everyday lives. Every day, we face the fact that women hold 5.8% of CEO positions at S & P 500 companies, 36 million of school age girls are not in schools, one in three women will be a victim of gender-based violence in her lifetime and other shocking statistics.
Based on the above, dedicating a month to women is not enough, to reduce maternity-related deaths, ensure land ownership for women farmers, end Female Genital Mutilation (FMG), Gender Based Violence (GBV) and a host of other issues.
Specifically, Female Genital Mutilation is still a global problem. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries including Nigeria. Currently, more than 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk for FGM globally.
I was shocked to hear some political office holders in a certain state in Nigeria see FMG as part their culture and hence would not speak of eradicating a scourge that has become a global concern. (Kill me already)
Gender Based Violence seems to be trending these days or perhaps the advent of social media brought more things to light. Not a week passes by without a picture of bloodied eyes or bruised skin showing up on my social media feed. The prevalence of GBV is so high that it is estimated that one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.
Personally, I have a very strong and unwavering stance on GBV. I dare the love of my life to as much as push my head or respond to me in a violent manner and boy I am out as fast as Superman runs off when he hears Lois’s call.
I could go all day long about why women’s day should be every day but I’ll end with these few facts.
- Of the hundreds of thousands of women who die during pregnancy or childbirth each year, over 85 per cent live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia.
- More than 43 million people around the world are forcibly displaced as a result of conflict and persecution. Half of them are women.
- Sub-Saharan Africa will have the largest number and global share of child brides by 2050.
- 9 million girls in Africa between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school.
- Women around the world aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.
If you find these facts as shocking as we do please share this article to raise awareness on the issues faced by women every day.
Love and light.