Sunday, March 08, 2009

International Women's Day 2009

International Women's Day 2009

UN Secretary-General's remarks on International Women's Day (Transcript)

"In many countries, at workshops and community meetings, men are teaching other men that there is another way – that “real men don't hit women”, let alone rape them. That real men respect women" -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon (emphasis mine)

"Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance, by any political leader or by any government. The time to change is now. Only by standing together and speaking out can we make a difference. On this International Women's Day, let us resolve to do that" -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon (emphasis mine)

Here's wishing all women around the world, especially my women acquaintances, a Happy International Women's Day 2009!

And since the theme for this year's International Women's Day is "Women and men united to end violence against women and girls", this recent commentary that made reference to Rihanna's recent run-in with Chris Brown is, I would think, rather apropos. You all may also want to take a look at this article ("UN decries violence against women")

For those of you all who wish to read/re-read my previous postings on the issue of gender equality, they can be found here, here, here, here and here.

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