As you are hopefully aware, it is International Woman’s Day. I have seen discussions online, mainly from men, but also from women, asking why they should care about this, along with “isn’t this just a load of feminist rubbish?”
It matters. Women around the world, here in the West, in rich countries, as well as across the globe in developing countries, are still, amazingly, discriminated against, abused, commoditised, raped, tortured and killed. In the UK alone, over 900 women were killed by partners or family members between 2009 and 2015.
Women are more likely to be victims of violence, prejudiced against in terms of personal development, education and work opportunities. They are also more likely to be paid less to do the same job men do. It’s ridiculous that we even have to argue this in the 21st Century. But we do.
I am immensely proud of the work undertaken by tribe. As you know, tribe is powered and staffed entirely by volunteers – we are a collective of like-minded individuals working together across the world to make great things happen. The majority of people that have volunteered for tribe have been women – over 80% in fact. Tribe’s current roster features just two men.
Our volunteers have worked with projects across the world, from street children in Delhi and Romania, through to female workers collectives in Morocco and supporting and leading initiatives like Anti-Shame Week.
I’m personally very pleased that tribe’s work has been largely driven by female volunteers, and we will continue to do our best to work towards an equal future for all people on this planet, by doing what we can to make a difference. You can do that too.
Stand up to inequality in all its forms.