8 Memorable Moments From 2017’s International Women’s Day

8 Memorable Moments From 2017’s International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on the 8th March, and has been since the early 1900’s. On each year, past achievements for gender equality are remembered and current issues that need to be overcome are highlighted.

Millions of people all around the world get involved in the occasion and the day makes for some great moments. The following are just 8 that stood out to me!

1. The Statue of Liberty Goes Dark

Although it was explained as an unplanned power outage, the timing was all too perfect. Late Tuesday night, the predominant lights of the Statue of Liberty went dark leaving an eery yet  impactful symbol. For this years IWD, many were participating in ‘Day Without a Woman’, and what better way to kick it off?

2. Girl vs Wall Street Bull

A statue of a young girl standing down the famous Wall Street bull was implemented, creating another powerful image and message. The statue was quickly branded as the “fearless girl” and it’s primary purpose is to highlight the issue of the lack of women on corporate boards. Not only this, but it makes a great statement. The girl is facing the bull head on, fists on hips, ready for what faces her. It’s a great message of female empowerment and should give us all that extra bit of confidence to stand up to our troubles.

3. Iceland’s Equal Pay Ruling

Another key highlight of this years IWD was Iceland announcing a new law that states companies must prove they pay their employees the same, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, or sexuality. This should be enforced by 2020 and is greatly significant. Iceland are now the first country to have implemented a mandatory equal pay law, so hopefully many more will follow in their footsteps.

4. Women March in Pakistan

When it dominates the news and social media, it’s sometimes easy to only focus on the big city marches, and forget about other areas. These are women that face prejudice, abuse and turmoil every day and them getting out on the streets and campaigning for their rights should be recognised. Some of the women who participated in the march were acid attack survivors, which adds even more power and feeling to the images.


5. Ireland March for Abortion Rights

The abortion laws in Ireland are extremely strict and horrifying, and it’s almost completely banned across the country. The 8th Amendment (1983) outlaws abortion, including in circumstances of rape. Not only does this go against a woman’s choice, but it also means that many result to having unsafe abortions. Thousands of women (and men) marched through Dublin and other areas of Ireland protesting the laws in an effort to get it repealed.

6. Tattoos for Planned Parenthood

Hundreds of women got themselves empowering tattoos to show their support for Planned Parenthood. The proceeds of which were donated to the organisation. Plus, the women who participated in the event were able to get a permanent, visual representation of their strength to wear on their skin forever.

7. Emma Watson Scatters The Streets With Books

Emma Watson spent a good portion of her IWD spreading feminist and educational books around the streets for passersby to discover. Some of the locations she did this at included the statues of Eleanor Roosevelt, Gertrude Stein and Harriet Tubman. This is a great way to get people educated and invested in equality so hopefully they went to the right hands!

8. This Video

In case you’re ensure of why so many women get involved in IWD, and why it’s of such importance, just watch this video. I know it’s not exactly an official “moment”, but it’s something I watched that really resonated with me.

So, here’s hoping that this next year brings about greater change and continues the push towards equality. We’ve overcome a lot in the past 100+ years, but there’s still a long way to go.

Did you have a favourite moment, picture or video from yesterday? Share it in the comments or with me on Twitter!

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Why a Trump Presidency is a Step Backwards for Progression

Why a Trump Presidency is a Step Backwards for Progression

Why a Trump Presidency is a Step Backwards for Progression

For years, the fight for progression has strengthened and despite the continuous tragedies that still break the news every day, a future in which liberty may actually succeed seemed hopeful. But when a man who’s presidential campaign took pride and power in constantly belittling and tearing down minorities was victorious, a future of freedom and equality suddenly seems so much further away.

The comments made throughout the campaign were not hidden and they were not infrequent. The beliefs held by both Trump and Pence were not unknown by those who gave them their vote. Millions heard what was repeatedly said and made a conscious decision to vote for him anyway. To vote against black lives, hispanic lives, muslim lives, LGBTQ+ lives, women’s lives – the list only goes on.

Comments on the LGBTQ+ Community

  • Trump and Pence have both stated their desire to revoke the order that Obama signed which outlaws LGBT discrimination.
  • Trump said he would “strongly consider” repealing the legalisation of same sex marriage.

  • Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This allows businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community due to religious beliefs.
  • Pence called being gay a “pathological condition”
  • They are both very anti-transgender and have opposed the implementation of transgender bathrooms.
  • Pence is in favour of conversion therapy.

This is only a select number of comments/beliefs held by Trump and Pence on the LGBTQ+ community. Whether or not any anti measures will be implemented is a nightmare that is impossible to think about. But, the fact that two men with these beliefs have been put into a position of power is all the more terrifying. What’s worse is that so many people still gave them their support. So, consider both the emotional and physical threat that puts on the community.

Comments on Women

  • He’s verbally attacked multiple women, for example Rosie O’Donnell.
  • The Apprentice contestants were rated on their looks and he constantly sexualised them.
  • He stated that because of his power, it was ok to “grab women by the p****”. He defended his remarks by saying it was simply locker room talk.
  • These remarks have been going on for more than 30 years. Don’t believe me? Take a look.

Sadly this list doesn’t even cover half of the comments made. But, continuing to write them all out only makes me more disheartened.  Again, the fact that so many people still voted for Trump after having heard all of this shows how present sexism still is. Even more sickening is the fact that 42% of women gave Trump their vote. This only expresses how normalised these opinions on women have become.

Racist Comments

  • Trump made claims that Obama’s birth certificate was fake.
  • Wants to build an actual wall on the southern border and force Mexico to pay for it, as you do.
  • He said that Mexicans are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime and they’re rapists”
  • Blames black people and Hispanics for American crime.
  • He wants to ban Muslims from entering the country.
  • He stated the immigration situation is “completely out of control”, putting the fear of being deported on thousands of families. If you don’t understand the gravity of this, please watch actress Diane Guerrero speak out about her experience:

I really could go on for hours about the countless occasions Donald Trump has made blatant homophobic, sexist, racist and xenophobic comments, but frankly it would take too long and would only darken the mood even more.

It truly is terrifying that we live in a world where someone can not only get away with such statements, but get so much support having made them all. Whether this was a “front” and will change is completely besides the point. He still said them. He was still supported.

Also, this election has proven that the freedom that so many hoped was coming has been ripped away. Undoubtedly, millions of minorities in America will live in fear of what each day will bring as a direct result of this. Not that threats were non-existent before, but now it’s been made all the more clear through what people have chosen to stand for.

Just think, if boys listen to Trump’s remarks and see him in a high position, it’s not criminalising his behaviour, it’s making it out to be almost acceptable.This then encouraging some to follow in his footsteps. The exact same goes for homophobia and racism. This may only be heightened now and more will think they can get away with it.

I could discuss what a more optimistic future we may have had if Clinton had have been elected, but that would be of little use now. Instead it’s important to continue to fight for progress and to campaign for equality, no matter what the circumstances. If in the face of this, we can continue to grow as a community and unite together in support, then that would be a win. Because nobody should feel a sense of isolation. Hopefully, hope will triumph fear and love will trump hate.

You’re still supported, you’re still loved and you are most certainly not alone.

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