International Women’s Day 2014

I was struck by this information from the DFID, at just how much a community can benefit by enabling their girls to have an equal chance at life.

Closer to home, the campaigns close to my heart continue to do amazing work. In May last year Everyday Sexism teamed up with other feminist campaigners and won a hugely supported campaign against Facebook’s attitude to content that incites rape and domestic violence – Facebook publicly acknowledged the issue and took action to rectify it. There’s been a lot going on in the background since then, and this April Laura Bates publishes the Everyday Sexism book.

Another campaign I’ve started following is Ending Victimisation & Blame, which seeks to challenge institutionalised disbelief around domestic and sexual violence and abuse, and to change victim blaming attitudes and language.

And as for No More Page 3, just yesterday they gained about 13,000 new petition signatures within 24 hours, in the wake of the Sun’s insulting attempt at painting objectification in a positive light (clearly, we’re not falling for it).

Today I came across this fantastic TEDx talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, called “We should all be feminists”. She’s known for her writing, and here as a speaker her intellect and her warmth come across beautifully.

In it she says, “Culture does not make people; people make culture.”

And as if to prove her point (or perhaps because she is just so inspiring), Beyoncé featured part of that talk in her song ***Flawless (unfortunately the video is not available to view in the UK, but the track is 99p on iTunes or Amazon).

Happy International Women’s Day!

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