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08
Mar

International Women's Day

Open High School would like to acknowledge the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. We are proud to join in the celebrations of International Women’s Day on March 8th 2011, a day that recognises the many achievements of women around the world and acknowledges the continuing changes that women face.

  • The first International Women’s Day was held in Europe in 1911 with the largest demonstration attracting 30 000 women. The day sparked great public debate and advocates drew attention to the necessity of extending the right to vote to women to make parliament more democratic.
  • In 1962, Indigenous Australian women headed the right to vote at all levels of government and in all states and territories for the first time.
  • In 1966, the ‘marriage bar’ was lifted and women were no longer forced to resign from their jobs when they married.
  • In 1974, Isabel Peron of Argentina became the world’s very first female President.

We have come a mighty long way since those days, however, today there are still some alarming facts.

  • Women still only comprise 19.1% of parliamentarians globally.
  • Women perform 66% of the worlds work, produce 50% of the food, but earn 20% of the income and own 1% of the property.
  • Rwanda has the highest number of women parliamentarians worldwide with 56% of seats.
  • In Afghanistan one women dies every 29 minutes in child birth
  • 55% of graduates in Australia are women yet there is still a 17% gap between men and women in what they are paid.
  • Women make up 30% of the Australian parliament and only 11% of parliaments in East Asia and the Pacific.
Women in Angola
Life expectancy: 43
Kms walked to access clean water: 1.5
Years of Primary Education: 5
Years of High School Education: 0
Average wage: $0.50 per day
Women in Australia
Life expectancy: 83
Kms walked to access clean water: 0
Years of Primary Education: 6
Years of High School Education: 6
Average wage: $140 per day
Women in Cambodia
Life expectancy: 65
Kms walked to access clean water: 1.5
Years of Primary Education: 6
Years of High School Education: 0
Average wage: $1 per day
Women in Chile
Life expectancy: 81
Kms walked to access clean water: 0.5
Years of Primary Education: 6
Years of High School Education: 3
Average wage: $2.65 per day

The UN has set up a new organisation named United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women’s (UN Women). UN Women works to empower women in developing countries by ending violence against women and promoting economic security and female leadership.

If you would like more information please visit: internationalwomensday.org.au

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