Mmmm it’s International Womens Day today. What exactly is that? I suppose being a woman I should celebrate it, but it has made me uneasy. When we celebrated Mothers day here in Ireland last Sunday it was all about celebrating motherhood, giving credit to mothers of the world for what they do every day, and allowing those loved by them to take the time to let them know they are appreciated and loved. Come June we will do the same for Fathers.
Why is International Womens Day different? Why is it not a day when we celebrate all that is wonderful about being a woman, and why can’t men use it to acknowledge the contribution women make to the world, to let the women in their lives, their sisters, aunts, mothers and grandmothers know they are appreciated and loved?
There is without a doubt bias, prejudice and discrimination in society towards women, but I can’t help but feel listening to radio today, that women were being pandered to, wheeled out on radio and television shows to mark the day, allowed to vent their frustrations at society, but for what purpose? Just to tick a box? To allow a producer to say they did their bit for Women’s day?
I hate it.
Personally I think it’s a waste of time. It reminds me of the supposed ‘mummy wars’, stay at home mothers versus working mothers, the arguments between them, manufactured within the media, spark debate and often create a divide between two groups who have so much in common. Just like the supposed war that is men versus women.
Personally I couldn’t live without men in my life. My father was one of a kind, my brothers mean the world to me, my husband is my greatest friend and my son a young man who makes me proud. These men make my world a better place and I can’t help but wonder if today was spent appreciating the role of women in the world it might actually make a real difference.
Sometimes the more you shout the less people listen. Show don’t tell.
Disclaimer… All opinions my own but my husband agrees with me. I told him to.
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